ERIC Number: ED280349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May-31
Presidential Management Style in the Christian, Liberal Arts College.
Oosting, Kenneth W.
The management styles of presidents of 10 Christian, liberal arts colleges were assessed, as part of research conducted at Christian or church-related liberal arts colleges that were identified as being well managed by one or more persons. The 10 presidents ranged in age from the late 30s to the early 60s, with an average age of 52.2. Their baccalaureate education involved a variety of disciplines with only one in theology, and all had earned doctorates. Eight of the 10 had previously been an academic vice president, and the sample had an average of 26.5 years of full-time experience in higher education. Seven management practices common to the 10 presidents were: the use of a President's Cabinet to advise the president significantly affected the college; the presidents emphasized relationships with the board and the faculty; they stressed planning; they insisted that the whole college be well managed; they insisted on delegation; they emphasized people; and they were interested and active in the community outside the campus. The presidents' attitudes toward the college's relationship with the church and its role in affirming the faith of students were also determined. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented to Deans of the Christian College Coalition Conference on "The Task of Evangelical Higher Education" (Wheaton, IL, May 31, 1985).