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Category: Leadership in Abundance

November 05, 2018

Leadership in Abundance: Three Unity College Chief Officers present at Women in Leadership Conference at Harvard

Trio focuses on reimagining concepts of leadership in higher education When Dr. Melik Peter Khoury became president of Unity College, he immediately began working on flattening the administrative structure, eliminating dysfunctional hierarchies, and empowering accountable leaders — especially from within — to better influence mission-aligned strategic decisions. The model, called “leadership in abundance,” ensured Unity’s senior-level team… Read more »


April 14, 2017

Leadership in Abundance: Welcome Chief Academic Officer Latty

TO: Employee-News FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: April  12, 2017 SUBJECT: Leadership in Abundance: Welcome Chief Academic Officer Latty ATTACHMENTS: None Unity College Colleagues, In light of recent news, and the plethora of work we are undertaking, I am writing to announce that Dr. Erika Latty has agreed to take on a new role… Read more »


April 14, 2017

Leadership in Abundance: Dr. Rana Johnson Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

TO: Employee-News FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: April 12, 2017 SUBJECT: Leadership in Abundance: Dr. Rana Johnson Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer ATTACHMENTS: None Colleagues, As we complete another year of powerful learning at Unity College, I want to thank you all for your hard work over the last several months. By all accounts… Read more »


March 23, 2017

Leadership in Abundance: Dr. Arnett – Chief Distance Education Officer

TO: Employee-News FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: March 20, 2017 SUBJECT: Leadership in Abundance: Dr. Arnett – Chief Distance Education Officer ATTACHMENTS: None Colleagues,  As you probably know, Dr. Amy Arnett has been serving in the role of interim Chief Distance Education Officer since the position was vacated last fall. Amy has done an… Read more »


February 10, 2016

Leadership in Abundance: Chief Fundraising Officer

TO: Employee-news FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: February 10, 2016 SUBJECT: Leadership in Abundance: Chief Fundraising Officer — Effective February 14th 2016 ATTACHMENT: Chief Fundraising Officer Job Description Colleagues, Leadership in Abundance requires that we add capacity and skills where institutional need requires, but also that we build pathways to leadership development from within.  As… Read more »


December 21, 2015

What it Means to be a Chief Officer at Unity College

Leadership Approach Unity College leaders need access to information and personnel need access to decision-makers.  A flatter administrative structure allows day-to-day realities to better influence strategic decisions.  One-on-one relationships between students, faculty, and staff are central to the Unity College value proposition.  A more horizontal organization helps establish students at the heart of the community… Read more »


December 21, 2015

How to Work… In Abundance

Functional leadership in abundance isn’t always intuitive for everyone–especially for those of us who came of age in a largely dysfunctional industry like higher education.  The faculty, staff, and students of Unity College are eager to share responsibility and work within a first among equals environment, but we don’t always know how to operationalize the… Read more »


December 09, 2015

New Chief Officers: DeHart and Zavodny

I’m writing today to announce the latest Chief Officer appointments: Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief of Staff. These will likely be the last of the internal appointments to Chief Officer positions. As with all Chief Officer appointments, these roles will take effect in January.


December 09, 2015

Functional Leadership in Abundance – Organizational Structure Process

TO: Employee-news FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: December 9, 2015 SUBJECT: Functional Leadership in Abundance – Organizational Structure Process ATTACHMENT: Functional Leadership in Abundance (9.2.2015) email Colleagues, I know everyone is extremely busy with final projects, beginning the in-between-semester business processes, and prepping for next semester.  Before you know it we’ll all be gathered… Read more »


November 11, 2015

New Chief Officers: Bert, Julie, and Dan

TO: Employee-news FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: November 11, 2015 SUBJECT: New Chief Officers: Bert, Julie, and Dan ATTACHMENT: Chief Facility Management Officer Job Description; Chief Information Officer Job Description; Chief Fundraising Officer Job Description Colleagues, As promised, I¹m writing to announce three more Chief Officers to take the role in January.  In my… Read more »


October 26, 2015

“Not a Right Fit?” – Should a Strong Organizational Culture Prevail at the Expense of long-term Financial Sustainability?

A very close friend of mine just resigned from what seemed “to me” a dream job. After an hour on the phone, parochialism seemed to be at the core of his reasoning. As he was ok with his decision to move on, I took it at an opportunity to digress and discuss the fact that… Read more »


October 19, 2015

Be Innovative! … BUT DON’T… Upset The Apple Cart! … HUH?

I often spend time fielding questions from colleagues about the contradiction between being asked to innovate, yet not rock the boat. Most of us work in the not-for-profit higher education field, an industry that has its challenges, but this could apply to many mature organizations. Questions for such contradictions included: Do we encourage or discourage… Read more »


September 04, 2015

Interim CAO to Start Oct 1st

TO: Employee-news FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury DATE: September 4, 2015 SUBJECT: Interim Chief Academic Officer to Start October 1st ATTACHMENT: CAO Job Description Colleagues, Please join me in welcoming Robert Frank Scott, Jr., Ph.D. to the Unity College community.  Rob will be joining the College on October 1st as the Interim Associate CAO, and… Read more »


September 02, 2015

Leadership in Abundance

I’m writing today to outline the plan and approach to organizational structure at Unity College. If you attended the strategic priorities session during the State of the College professional development day, you heard most of this.


August 02, 2015

Leadership: “To Go” rather than not to go… Is The Literal Definition

The word “leadership” comes from the Old English word lithan (one of the rare English words that has an English origin), which literally means, “to go”; and also means “to guide” if you have researched Old Dutch. This use of the word “leadership” is associated with the idea of going somewhere together with others. Another… Read more »


October 15, 2014

What Happens When Social Capital Trumps Hierarchy in an Organization?

I ask this question only because I was recently speaking to an ex-colleague from another institution that works at an “exceptionally relational campus” (his words). After some deliberation, the core of the discussion became about the relationships and social capital for getting things done that the traditional hierarchy could not; therefore, making the Social Capital… Read more »


October 08, 2014

Does Conflict in Change Management influence Innovation?

Ok folks, this is my first attempt at my own post on LinkedIn. So forgive me if I do not get the approach just right 🙂 I have worked in higher education for a while now, specifically in colleges that have been through transition and change. One constant that I have observed is how a… Read more »