Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Stanley Glick


Introduction. Leading an academic department of a medical college is not for everyone. Having done it for 25 years, having enjoyed it for 25 years, and having, I believe, been successful in doing it for 25 years, I have decided to share my thoughts with others and codify, so to speak, my perspective within the confines of this essay. The stimulus for doing this was my recent realization that I have been leading my department (now called a “center”) longer than any other Chair or academic leader (our basic science Chairs are now called “directors”) in my institution. Of the 17 other Chairpersons that were in office when I was recruited in 1984, all have resigned, retired or otherwise left the position of Chair; to my knowledge, only one is still an employee of the medical college. During these many years I have also witnessed five changes of the Dean of the medical college and four changes of the CEO of the medical center. So what, I ask, is right or wrong about me? Why and/or how have I persisted in doing what I have been doing for so long? What lessons have I learned?