In 2010, Professor Carlos Nevarez’s book “Community College Leadership and Administration: Theory, Practice, and Change” was published by the Peter Lang Publishing Group. Co-authored with J. Luke Wood, this book filled in important void in the college and university administration literature that had long overlooked the distinctive preparation of leaders in the American community college system. However, the national focus on community colleges by the Obama administration and the increasing turnover among community college executives rapidly created a burgeoning market for the book. Six positive reviews of the book in separate peer-reviewed journals helped to cement the volume as a go-to source for even the most seasoned of college leaders.
Since its release, the book has maintained a dominant edge among leadership textbooks, with innumerable community college doctoral programs and leadership institutes using the volume as a core text in training college leaders. Over this time frame, the book has reached and sustained rankings as a bestseller through Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. For several years, the textbook has been a consistent top 10 seller at Barnes and Noble in the category of College and University Administration (currently ranked #7). The book also recently ranked #6 in Economic Theory (given the strong Economic Development mission of community colleges) this year on Amazon.
“We could not have imagined how successful the book would have been,” said Nevarez. “It has been an honor to have been, and still be, at the forefront of preparing our college leaders to better support community college students and advance the complex missions of their institutions.”
Nevarez said he hopes to extend the legacy of this work with an impending second edition that will be released this year. “As community colleges continue to evolve, so must the preparation of those who lead these important institutions,” he said. “Our next edition will include coverage of the numerous changes that have occurred in the past few years and delve deeper into the dynamic roles of instructional leaders in these institutions.”