Leaders on Leadership

''Leaders on Leadership'' podcast, hosted by Jay Lemons.

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Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson President, San José State University

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson President, San José State University

Explore Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson's journey into higher education leadership. From her origins as a first-generation college graduate in Alaska to leading San José State University as its 31st President, she reflects on the mentorship and opportunities that shaped her, including the pivotal Executive Leadership Academy through the American Academic Leadership Institute. Gain insights from her story of resilience and leadership in higher education. Interview recorded December 2023. Read the full episode transcript

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton President, Hollins University

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton President, Hollins University

In this episode, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, President of Hollins University, takes us through her journey to the presidency. From a young age, her mother instilled in her the importance of not only obtaining an education but of finding ways to serve others through that education. She shares the importance of leading through the margins and encourages others to develop a lifelong commitment to learning and developing their leadership from a place of compassion. Interview recorded in August 2023. Read the full episode transcript here. 

Dr. Kathy Wilson Humphrey President, Carlow University

Dr. Kathy Wilson Humphrey President, Carlow University

Dr. Kathy Wilson Humphrey recounts her educational journey, including attending one of the first desegregated schools in Kansas City where she grew up. Dr. Humphrey's passion for working in academia began when she served as a Resident Assistant at the University of Central Missouri. She shares with host, Dr. L. Jay Lemons, how she views her role as president and how a servant leadership style can transform institutions and build a sustainable and thriving culture. Interview recorded in August 2023. Read the full episode transcript here

Dr. Timothy Mottet President, Colorado State University Pueblo

Dr. Timothy Mottet President, Colorado State University Pueblo

In a special Pride Month episode, Dr. Jay Lemons was privileged to host Dr. Timothy Mottet, President of Colorado State University Pueblo. Dr. Mottet shared his inspiring story, beginning with his roots in rural Iowa, followed by his ascent to leadership in academia. He spoke about the importance of authenticity and inspiration in today's higher education landscape and the ways in which LGBTQ+ leaders can find success.

Dr. Barbara A. Farley President, Illinois College

Dr. Barbara A. Farley President, Illinois College

Dr. Barbara Farley, President of Illinois College, shares her journey and the influential people and experiences that have shaped her as a leader. Dr. Farley discusses her Midwest roots, the importance of education instilled by her parents, the profound impact of teachers who sparked her passion for learning, and the influence her late husband had on her life. She also reflects on her career trajectory, including the roles she held at various institutions that led to her becoming the first female president of Illinois College and Chair of the Board of Directors at the Council of Independent Colleges. Interview recorded April 2023. Read the full episode transcript here

Dr. Charles L. Welch President, Arkansas State University System

Dr. Charles L. Welch President, Arkansas State University System

Dr. Charles L. Welch, President of the Arkansas State University System, recounts his path to leadership with host Dr. L. Jay Lemons. As an undergraduate student, Welch had his eyes set on becoming a lawyer, but after meetings with his academic advisor, he chose a career in academia. The first-generation college student ultimately found his passion in helping others achieve success through their education. Interview recorded in April 2023. Read the full episode transcript here

Dr. Marjorie Hass President, Council of Independent Colleges

Dr. Marjorie Hass President, Council of Independent Colleges

President of the Council of Independent Colleges and author of A Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education, Dr. Marjorie Hass, shares her story on how she moved from faculty to provost, and ultimately to the presidency. She discusses the challenges of leaving behind a discipline she loved to lead as well as advice she would give other women seeking leadership roles in higher education. Interview recorded in March 2023. Read the full episode transcript here

Dr. Gary Crosby President, Saint Elizabeth University (NJ)

Dr. Gary Crosby President, Saint Elizabeth University (NJ)

Dr. Gary Crosby, the eighth President of Saint Elizabeth University, joins Jay to discuss his path through student affairs to the presidency and how being agile and flexible has been key to his success. Dr. Crosby, who is the first male and person of color to lead Saint Elizabeth, also shares how being a first-generation student led him to this role and guides him as a leader in higher education. Interview recorded in September 2022. Read the full episode transcript here

Dr. Beatriz González President, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College (FL)

Dr. Beatriz González President, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College (FL)

In this episode, Jay talks with Dr. Beatriz González, President of the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. Dr. González shares her family’s story as Cuban exiles and how that experience influenced her desire to give back to others through leadership in higher education. She also discusses the need for leaders to be authentic, humble, and open to opportunity, and to surround themselves with a talented team and strong support network. Interview recorded in January 2022.

Bio of Leaders on Leadership

Leaders on Leadership, a podcast presented by Academic Search Inc. In this engaging series, today's higher education leaders take center stage as they share their personal stories and offer valuable insights on leadership within the academy. Hosted by Jay Lemons, each episode features thoughtful conversations and diverse perspectives that shed light on the challenges and triumphs of leading in the world of higher education.

Leaders on Leadership is proudly sponsored by Academic Search Inc. and the American Academic Leadership Institute. Together, these organizations provide crucial support to colleges and universities during times of transition and offer leadership development activities that serve both current and future generations of institutional leaders. Through their combined efforts, they strive to empower educational institutions and their leaders to navigate the ever-changing landscape of higher education with confidence and success.

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