National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Fall 2006


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 7:2, Fall/Winter 2006. Copyright © 2006 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


The narrator of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde laments that he is no lover himself but only the “servant of love’s servants.” I’m in an analogous position in respect to honors program administration: for the past quarter-century, I’ve been in administrative positions as chief academic officer and as chancellor where I’ve worked with honors directors but not really had daily responsibility for a program myself. In a way this disqualifies me from writing on the topic of honors leadership with (to quote Chaucer again) the authority of experience, at least contemporary experience. On the other hand, it may be useful to look briefly at honors administration, and at Skip Godow’s classic essay on “Honors Program Leadership: The Right Stuff,” from an affectionately tangential but outside perspective.