ERIC Number: ED058881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Professional President: A Decade of Community Junior College Chief Executives.
Wing, Dennis R. W.
This report draws a profile of community college presidents holding office in 1970 and compares their characteristics with the results of similar studies conducted in 1960 and 1964. The report is based on information from the National Career Study of Community College Presidents conducted in 1970-71 by the Mountain-Plains Community College Leadership Program of the University of Colorado. Of 737 questionnaires sent to college presidents, 498 or 68% were returned. The results show that 1970 presidents, contrasted with presidents in 1960 and 1964 studies, will not stay as long in that position, are more likely to have come from a previous community college job, are more likely to have a doctoral degree and to have earned it in education. The 1970 survey revealed that presidents viewed their previous experience in educational administration as the most important factor in their being hired and listed "educational challenge" as the foremost reason for accepting the job. Fifty percent did not aspire to another position, but of the 50% who did, half preferred another junior college presidency and half a university or 4-year college professorship. The study includes a discussion of the biographical background and career characteristics of community college presidents. (LP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Administrators, Presidents, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, 96 Powell Library, University of California, Los Angeles 90024 (Limited supply available free of charge)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.