Lessons From Managing a Startup University's 'Chaos' Stage
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Dorothy Leland took on a monumental challenge in 2011 when she became chancellor of the University of California, Merced. She was the third person to lead the six-year-old institution. Located in one of the poorest regions of the state, its goal was to expand the system's reach to more low-income, minority, and first-generation students.
Merced went on to gain national attention for its quick and creative growth and for enrolling the system's largest share of underrepresented students. Leland, who will step down next month, reflects on what it takes to build a new university from the ground up.