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ERIC Number: ED142271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
President-Trustee Relationships: Meeting the Challenge of Leadership. A Case Approach to Functional and Dysfunctional Assumptions and Techniques.
King, Maxwell C.; Breuder, Robert L.
In a comparative survey of the perceptions of community college presidents and board chairmen regarding assumptions and techniques employed by presidents in relating with their boards of trustees, 99 presidents and 38 trustees responded from a national sample of 142 and 55, respectively. The presidents' responses indicated that the average board numbered 10.7 members, with one to three ethnic members (58%) and one to three women (78%). Boards met an average 11.5 times per year, with members serving 4.5 years. Both presidents and trustees agreed that it was most important for presidents to provide quality information for decision making, keep board members well informed, and provide written materials in advance for use in policy determinations. Both groups agreed that presidents should not conduct private conferences with individuals prior to board meetings, make statements which bind boards to certain actions, make use of social occasions to discuss problems under current consideration, nor try to influence the composition of the board. The questionnaire was answered by "do" and "should" responses, with less agreement between trustees and presidents in "do" categories. The document contains interactions of a fictionalized board meeting, interviews with a president and a trustee, analysis of the survey data, and ten fundamental principles for presidents and trustees. The questionnaires are appended. (RT)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Community Colleges, Conflict Resolution, Females, Governing Boards, Leadership Responsibility, Organizational Communication, Presidents, Racial Composition, Surveys, Trustees, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D. C. 20036 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.