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The First 120 Days book by Jerold PanasThe First 120 Days - Jerold Panas

The first 120 days of a new college or university president determines whether his or her tenure will be highly successful, or less than flourishing. The first four months are a harbinger of a president's promise and fate.

This book is directed to new presidents, but is equally helpful for those who have been in office for some time, or has the responsibility of leading an institution, organization or company.


An important section of The First 120 Days is the chapter on what the new president must do before actually taking office. There are 18 mandatory activities that must be undertaken shortly after the selection is made. “It’s Make Or Break Time,” Panas calls that chapter.

To prepare for the book, Jerold Panas interviewed over 50 college presidents. Twenty-two are quoted extensively throughout the book. In addition, he engages his experience with more than 50 additional presidents he has worked with as a consultant to higher education.

The First 120 Days is a nuts and bolts book, a working manual for the first few months, and more. 
Paperback, 232 pages, $35.50

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