If you are a new college or university president eager to get your presidency off to a good start, or a more seasoned leader ready to “re-charge,” the new Gonser Gerber consulting service, Presidential Leadership Counsel, may be just right for you.  Stengthened by the addition of two Gonser Gerber senior consultants with a combined 30 years in the college presidency at four different institutions, the program is designed to help the new or veteran president build a stronger foundation for successful and long presidency.   The service is designed to be tailored to meet individual and institutional needs.

Topics that may be covered in personal, confidential consultations include:

  • Getting off to a great start
  • Setting short- and long-range goals
  • Finding one’s presidential voice
  • Articulating institutional vision for the president’s term
  • Assessing, preparing and leading the strategic planning process
  • Evaluating, recruiting, building and retaining a strong executive team
  • Strengthening the partnership with the Board Chair
  • Planning effective Board and committee meetings
  • Assuring effective Board governance and solid working relationships
  • Building effective relationships with faculty and faculty leadership
  • Determining best ways to engage with students and student leadership
  • Understanding, preparing for and executing the President’s role in institutional fund raising
  • Fostering effective relationships with alumni, community and faith leaders
  • Understanding the President’s role in governmental relations
  • Nurturing a strong and effective campus community
  • Maintaining healthy work/personal life balance
  • Evaluating the president’s performance

Details for each consultation are crafted to meet your individual needs.  Services typically include monthly one day presidential visits in addition to ongoing confidential counsel between visits.