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Korn/Ferry-Published Book on Higher Education 'Required Reading' for Next U.S. President

July 8, 2008

- 'Letters to the Next President' Features Essays from Leaders Across the Spectrum of American Higher Education -

LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The next president of the United States has been assigned "required reading" by 20 of the nation's top leaders in higher education. A new book offers an exclusive collection of letters from university presidents, chancellors and influencers written directly to the next president of the United States. "Letters to the Next President: Strengthening America's Foundation in Higher Education" is the first-ever book published by The Korn/Ferry Institute. Korn/Ferry (NYSE: KFY) is a global leader in executive recruiting and talent management.

The book is available now for download or in print on the Korn/Ferry website*:

Edited by Stephen Trachtenberg, Chairman of the Education Specialty Practice at Korn/Ferry and President Emeritus of George Washington University, and Gerald B. Kauvar, a Senior Consultant at Korn/Ferry and Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University, the compilation features 21 letters from leaders in higher education, including:

-- Leslie Berlowitz, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
-- Lawrence Biondi, S.J., Saint Louis University
-- Walter M. Bortz III, Hampden-Sydney College
-- Michael R. Chipps, Mid-Plains Community College
-- Evan S. Dobelle, Westfield State College
-- Robert C. Dynes, University of California
-- Marvalene Hughes, Dillard University
-- Richard M. Joel, Yeshiva University
-- Gerald B. Kauvar, George Washington University
-- Richard E. Littlebear, Chief Dull Knife College
-- Elisabeth Muhlenfeld, Sweet Briar College
-- S. Georgia Nugent, Kenyon College
-- Michael J. Offerman, Capella University
-- Steven Sample, University of Southern California
-- Donna Shalala, University of Miami
-- John Silber, Boston University
-- David Skorton, Cornell University
-- Mary Spangler, Houston Community College System
-- Stephen Trachtenberg, George Washington University
-- Sanford J. Ungar, Goucher College

"America's competitive advantage rests in our unique ability to cultivate and mold leaders, and our higher education system is the training ground," said Trachtenberg. "This compilation conveys the hopes, fears and recommendations of some of today's top thinkers in higher education expressly to inform the policymakers of our next administration."

The book will be delivered to the presidential candidates and many other elected officials. Korn/Ferry has made the book available free of charge in hopes of raising awareness and broadening understanding of the importance of higher education.

*Note that shipping charges will apply for hard-copy editions and quantities are limited.

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