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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON in relation to this book is you, the reader. But we have an agenda. We want to tell you about our work together so that you can apply our ideas and experience to advance collective leadership practices in the organizations to which you belong. For nearly a decade, we—Ed as leader of the Ag Program for the Texas A&M University ...

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1. A Journey of a Thousand Miles . . .

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pp. 1-4

IN DECEMBER 2004, Edward A. Hiler retired. For over twelve years he had been vice chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. For four years of that time (1998– 2002 ), he had also been director of Texas Cooperative Extension. He had spent nearly ...

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2. Collective Leadership

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pp. 5-11

TOGETHER WE CAN analyzes leadership strategies for institutional change used throughout the Texas A&M University System during the 1965– 2005 period. These were challenging times for the A&M System as it adapted to greater student diversity, higher demand for top- quality, post- secondary education opportunities, tougher challenges confronting the people of Texas ...

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3. Starting Out: Family Background

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pp. 12-18

THE YEAR 1939 WAS PIVOTAL in world history. It not only concluded a challenging decade economically and politically, but also marked the beginning of the world’s greatest conflict, World War II, and with it the close of the longest and most difficult downturn in the Industrial Age—the Great Depression. For my parents, 1939 marked the start of their family with my ...

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4. The Early Years, 1939– 1966

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pp. 19-28

MY YOUNGER SISTER BONNIE and I were born on the family farm in southwestern Ohio, near Cincinnati. Th e closest post office was in Harrison. Our two- story dormered farmhouse was a very tangible and real center for the family, the farmstead, and the dairy farming operation. It remained a solid and dependable home base for my sister and me until we ...

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5. In Front of the Class: The Faculty- Only Years, 1966– 1974

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pp. 29-39

IN MARCH 1966, when Pat and I loaded our meager belongings and moved to Texas, we were setting out on a great adventure that continues today. We rented a house in College Station near campus and lived in it for two years before we built a house of our own in Bryan. In that first house we could sit out on our front porch and listen to the Aggie band practicing. ...

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6. Early Leadership Years Department Head, 1974– 1988

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pp. 40-50

WHEN I WAS TAPPED to serve as head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering in 1974, I succeeded Price Hobgood, who was retiring. Th e fine department that he passed on to me was his work. ...

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7. New and Expanding Horizons The A&M System Office Years, 1989– 1992

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pp. 51-64

IN EARLY DECEMBER 1988, Perry Adkisson, the Texas A&M University System chancellor, called to ask me to join his system leadership team as deputy chancellor for Academic Programs and Research.1 I accepted the position effective January 1, 1989. ...

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8. Leading the Agriculture Program,1992– 2004

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pp. 65-85

IN SEPTEMBER 1992, aft er three years in the System Office, I was chosen to head the Agriculture Program in the Texas A&M University System. My titles were a mouthful: I was vice chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences of the Texas A&M University System, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Texas A&M University, and director of the Texas ...

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9. The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, 2005– 2007

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pp. 86-95

IN THE FALL OF 2003, I announced my plans to retire at the end of the school year, on August 31, 2004. I made the announcement that far in advance to allow the university ample time to have a successor in place when I left . As it turned out, the successor, Elsa Murano, couldn’t start until January 1, 2005, so I remained in the position through the end of calendar year ...

Notes

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pp. 97-99

Index

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pp. 101-105