The daily rigors of academia can overwhelm faculty morale in the absence of a higher developmental goal that shapes individual faculty members into a community. The successful chair will inspire faculty to develop a long-term vision and take initiatives to move the department to “the next step”. This vision may include ongoing departmental curriculum planning and development, and the regular evaluation of teaching effectiveness and scholarly productivity, shaped around a set of collective principles and objectives. Part of the chair’s responsibilities is the persistent promotion of this vision across departmental activities, from student advising to faculty recruitment. In this regard, the chair is an agent of change whose leadership keeps the department in touch with the salient issues affecting not only the discipline but higher education in general.