ERIC Number: ED265809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
The Selection of Seminary Presidents: An Informal Guide for Trustee Search Committees.
Cuninggim, Merrimon; Trotter, F. Thomas
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Guidelines for college governing boards who are searching for the chief executive officer for a seminary, school of theology, or divinity school are presented. The seminary president will assume most of the tasks of a president in a private postsecondary institution. In addition, important considerations for a seminary president are: attending to the constituency, the church support; instilling confidence in the faculty; acting as a ministerial model and serving as the pastor for the school community; working well with the church's governing bodies; and being a good fiscal manager and fund raiser. Initiating and organizing the selection committee are covered, including choosing committee members and determining its size, and appointing a chairperson. Major tasks of search committees are: developing a presidential profile, gathering names, screening, interviewing, choosing those to be recommended, assisting in the appointment, and keeping a record of the process. Areas that can present problems are also identified, including: confidentiality, the time involved, considering internal candidates, not taking women or minority nominees seriously; and not giving proper consideration to a nominee's spouse. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Selection, Church Related Colleges, Churches, College Administration, College Presidents, Committees, Confidentiality, Higher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Religious Factors, Theological Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.