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TU president pens book chapter on university management

Dr. Gary Bonvillian, president of Thomas University, wrote a chapter in the recently released book “Strategies for University Management, Volume II.” Edited by J. Mark Munoz and Neal King, the book addresses the challenges facing colleges and universities across the world, such as how to be profitable, how to increase enrollment, how to raise funds better and how to remain relevant.

Bonvillian’s chapter, titled “Developing, Managing and Measuring a Fluid Strategic Action Model for Higher Education,” details Thomas University’s progress during his time as president of this small independent, not-for-profit institution.

“Today’s reality is that colleges and universities must and will change the ways in which they operate in order to survive the day and better position themselves for long-term viability,” Bonvillian writes. “Every president of a college or university, public or independent, is aware of the forces of change.”

Bonvillian refers to higher education as a buyers’ market and notes that “thriving small colleges and universities are often models for operational efficiency.

Bonvillian goes on to explain how TU is such a model. By setting operational priorities along with monitoring and measuring its progress, TU has been able to redirect its priorities to meet emerging needs and stay relevant for today’s students.

“Strategies for University Management, Volume II” is available at


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