Psychology Faculty Publications

Document Type


Publication Date


Journal Title

Journal of Practical Leadership



First Page


Last Page



This conceptual paper addresses an issue that may never be a problem for some in higher education, and yet may be the Achilles' heel for others. No absolute answers exist regarding befriending administrators, but I will address some of the dynamics that inherently are involved with the phenomenon and also various potential perils. To be clear, I am addressing situations where a faculty member is a friend with a Dean or Academic Vice President. In some contexts, the principles also may apply to friends in a position lower, such as Department Chair, or higher, such as Provost or institutional President. The friendships may be preexistent to an administrator's appointment-or friendships that budded after the administrator's installation.


Friendship, college, administrators



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.