When Taking One for the Team Leaves a Permanent Mark

“In baseball, it is sometimes strategically advantageous for a batter to do anything possible to get on base, including allowing himself to be hit by an inside pitch instead of ducking the ball,” writes Dennis Barden in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “It hurts, of course, but it can help to give the team a chance to win.”

A similar phenomenon is happening in higher education, Barden says, as many presidents, provosts, deans and other leaders are taking on difficult and unpopular tasks, in the hopes of helping their schools survive and thrive in the long run. However, Barden adds, these candidates are often overlooked when they become candidates for their next roles. “Many campus executives who take one for the team don’t get to move on,” he says.

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