Bethany President Heads Thought Leadership Series Highlighting Higher Education Best Practices During Challenging Economic Times

 ‘Leadership in the Great Recession’ Focuses on Strategies for Future Success

BETHANY, W.Va. — Presidential Perspectives, a national thought leadership series written by college presidents and published by Aramark Higher Education, launches its fourth year with a series of chapters entitled Leadership in the Great Recession, designed to share practical strategies and best practices with education institutions during the most challenging economic environment in recent history.

Dr. Marylouise Fennell, senior counsel for the Council of Independent Colleges and past president of Carlow University, and Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College in West Virginia, serve as executive editors of Presidential Perspectives. The monthly series is published by Aramark Higher Education, a leading provider of professional services to colleges and universities throughout North America. All chapters can be found at This site serves as the repository and archive for all chapters, author biographies, a chapter calendar and additional information about the series.

The first chapter in the series, “Leadershipin the Great Recession: From Doing More with Less to Doing Things Differently,”is authored by Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education overseeing 14 universities with a combined enrollment of more than 112,500 students.

The chapter, currently available at the Presidential Perspectives website,, discusses how the breadth and depth of budget cuts and the continued public pressure to reform Higher Education have resulted in a “perfect storm.”

 “There is a fine line between dealing with economic realities and maintaining quality academic programs,” Cavanaugh said. “The ‘do more with less’ mantra works as long as it is possible to keep making easy cuts. Beyond that, ‘doing more with less’ either becomes ‘doing without’ or ‘doing fundamentally differently.’ That tipping point provides the opportunity for leadership.”

Presidential Perspectives will publish 10 monthly chapters written by college presidents on a variety of topics, including Investment and Finances, Campus Sustainability, Customer Satisfaction, Institutional Change and more.

“The 10 chapter topics that make up this year's series provide a robust accumulation of practical advice, wisdom and best practices from experienced and accomplished college presidents," said Tom Ingram, president-Emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and author of this year’s series foreword. "These chapters focus on the future of institutions and not on past successes and adversities. The past is unlikely to teach us much about the courageous decisions that have to be made now.” 

At the conclusion of the year, the chapters are published in book form. The first three volumes are available through the publisher.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.