ERIC Number: ED191524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Your President Objectively: A Message to Trustees.
Seitz, James E.
Board members, most of whom have never been in a position to employ, evaluate, and terminate a chief executive officer, must strive toward objectivity as they evaluate their college presidents. Central to this objectivity is: (1) an attempt on the part of the board member to place him/herself as much as possible in the place of the person being evaluated; (2) the elimination of subjective rating methods in the evaluation process; (3) a realization that the interpersonal skills of the president, i.e., the ability of the president to get along with faculty and staff, do not adequately measure institutional progress; and (4) an understanding of the shortcomings in evaluations made by students, faculty, and other groups that are rarely cognizant of the total environment in which the college president must operate. To maximize objectivity in the evaluation process, college presidents should insist upon a formal evaluation procedure based on expectations incorporated in the president's job description. Such expectations should be measurable in terms of specific outcomes, and should be mutually agreed upon by the president and the board. A scoring mechanism should be employed when comparing actual performance with desired results. While objective evaluation methods may take more time to implement than short, subjective reviews, the accountability they foster will strengthen the board/president relationship. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees (Detroit, MI, 1979)