I’ve had several discussions this week about the unique challenges of managing a college or university web site. Sometimes it is easy to get totally consumed with campus politics. One of my favorite quotes is from Henry Kissinger “University politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small”. I’ve made this quote into a poster which I pull out and put on my wall when I need a friendly reminder to rise above the politics.
So my advise is to understand the culture of higher education. Universities are devolved organizations, with individual schools and departments operating with a great deal of autonomy. Don’t waste energy fighting this culture, but learn how to work within it.