ERIC Number: ED234687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Observations on the President's Spouse: Hazards and Opportunities. Occasional Paper Series #11.
The advantages and disadvantages of being the spouse of a male college president are considered, along with the roles of the president and his spouse. Attention is directed to the ceremonial role of the president and his wife, on-campus entertaining, travel to speak to groups, the wife's problem of securing adequate help for her social role, the limited public recognition and rewards that accrue to the wife who works on behalf of the college, the personal liabilities of living in the president's house on campus, search procedures for the president and consideration of the wife's qualities, the visit to the campus during the search process, considerations in accepting the position, social and psychological support for the wife, the situation facing the wife of an arrogant president, the strains of the position on the marriage bond, the wife's role in outreach and public relations, the dilemma of voluntary work undertaken by the wife, the wife's involvement with students and staff, the task of transition from one presidential couple to the next, expectations of the new presidential couple, and power/influence and leadership. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, College Presidents, Family Life, Females, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Leadership Responsibility, Public Relations, Role Perception, Social Responsibility, Spouses
Center for the Study of Higher Education, School of Education, 260 Ruffner Hall, University of Virginia, 405 Emmet St., Charlottesville, VA 22903.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Center for the Study of Higher Education.