ERIC Number: ED301305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Advice for Those Who Would Be President.
Vaughan, George B., Ed.
SACJTE Occasional Paper, v7 n1 Jan 1989
Individuals who wish to become community college presidents should take the following steps to prepare for the presidency: (1) get their doctorate; (2) get into the academic pipeline running from the classroom to the division chair, the dean of instruction, and the presidency; (3) find a good mentor; (4) establish a peer network; (5) assume leadership roles on campus; (6) be willing to move to a new town; and (7) be willing to accept a position in a less than ideal locale. When applying for the presidency of a college, the applicant should be sure to follow all directions; submit a typed, letter-perfect application; prepare a letter of application specifically for the position; pay careful attention to the profile developed for the position; avoid unexplained gaps in employment history; list a current supervisor as a reference or explain why not; keep the letter of application concise; and be selective about applying for positions. During the interview, the applicant should refrain from criticizing his/her current president, be him/herself, be a good listener, avoid condescension, and be prepared to take the position if it is offered. Though following these suggestions will not guarantee that the applicant gets the position, they may help him/her avoid making needless errors. (AJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.