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Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson is the president of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the only women’s university in Los Angeles. She and her leadership team faced a literal trial by fire last fall when one of her campuses was threatened by California wildfires. Through the emergency evacuations and in the days that followed, her team had to manage immediate safety risks, address mental health impacts and logistical challenges, and find creative ways to support students and help them finish out the semester.
That experience served as a dress rehearsal in many ways, for responding to the impacts of COVID-19. Dr. McElaney-Johnson shares her own stories about leadership in a crisis as well as tips on how to change your mindset to meet student needs in new and better ways.
Education leaders everywhere are making fast, difficult, and bold decisions. This podcast episode is part of our Leadership Voices series, where we spotlight leaders who are meeting extraordinary challenges with vision and courage.
"The most important thing is: how do you lead in a time of crisis?"
"The pandemic is not the only threat facing higher education right now, and top of mind for many of us are the shifting demographics of our future students."
"How do we use what we learned now to really make our programs accessible to all students?"
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In part one of this two-part discussion, EAB experts share four reasons why the coronavirus pandemic is a different type of crisis than any faced by higher ed before—and discuss effective leadership in an extended crisis.
Learn how college administrators can use this crisis to strengthen leadership skills—and how schools can build greater organizational resiliency to better prepare for, respond, and adapt to future disruptions.