From Bottom to Top Tier in a Decade by NORMAN R. SMITH

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From Bottom to Top Tier in a Decade: Th e Wagner College Turnaround Years is a memoir recounting one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in American higher education, as recalled by the president who led a fourteen-year campaign bringing this fi nancially troubled, under-enrolled, bottom-ranked college from disrepair and impending closure to wide regard as one of the top small, residential private colleges in the east. By the time Norman Smith departed in 2002, the college was ranked top tier, was full to capacity, and was cited as one of America's most beautiful college campuses. Located on a hilltop overlooking Manhattan that had once been Vanderbilt and Cunard estates, Wagner College should never have gotten into trouble. Th is recounting is not only an engaging human story of the many trustees, benefactors, faculty, and staff who were key to the turnaround, but also represents a case study template of what must happen for any college to survive and ultimately fl ourish in these competitive times for private higher education.


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Dr. Norman Smith is the longest servingpresident of Wagner College in New YorkCity and was the fi rst in its 125-year historyto be designated President Emeritus uponhis departure in 2002. His presidentialyears at Wagner College represent a mostremarkable turn-around story and hisleadership is widely credited with havingsaved the College's very existence.After Wagner College, Smith moved tomoved to London, England to becomePresident of Richmond Th e AmericanInternational University in London andis presently in Egypt where, As FoundingChancellor, he is overseeing the constructionof a major American international university,Alamein, west of Alexandria on theEgyptian Mediterranean.. His 38-yearcareer in higher education started at DrexelUniversity, his undergraduate alma mater.He was also Executive Vice President ofMoore College of Art, Vice Presidentand Dean of Philadelphia University andAssistant Dean of the Harvard GraduateSchool of Education and of Harvard's JohnF. Kennedy School of Government. Heearned his doctorate at Harvard University.Smith is married to Dr. Susan Robinson,former President of New York City's SnugHarbour Cultural Center. Th eir daughter,Caroline, attends Skidmore College inSaratoga Springs, New York.
Published September 2, 2010 by iUniverse. 286 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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