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Personal Characteristics of Community College Presidents.
Gardner, R. Gene; Brown, Milton D.
This study was conducted to ascertain the most important personal characteristics of community college presidents. In spring 1973, an inventory of personal characteristics was sent to the presidents of 112 institutions; 92 (83 percent) of those sampled responded. The survey form asked respondents to provide descriptive background data and to place a value of zero (not important) to 50 (very important) on 27 listed personal characteristics. Summaries of the background data indicated that only three respondents were female, 57.6 percent had less than seven years experience as a community college president, 44.5 percent were between 41 and 50 years old, 77.2 percent held a Ph.D., and 71.8 percent served at institutions with less than 2500 FTE students. Respondents indicated that the four most important characteristics of community college presidents are: integrity (honesty), ability to work with people, objectivity (fairness), and leadership with the Board. The four least important characteristics are: charisma, professional training, humility, and a sense of humor. Younger respondents tended to value integrity (honesty) and decisiveness less than did those over 40. Those at smaller institutions placed more importance on ability to work with people, persuasiveness, and charisma, than did those at larger colleges. The survey instrument is appended. (DC)
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