ERIC Number: ED306973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Pathways to the Presidency.
Boggs, George R.
The career path most likely to lead to a position as a community college president begins with a faculty position. However, presidents have not necessarily attained the presidency directly from faculty positions: 26% of community college chief executive officers were deans prior to becoming presidents; 24% were vice-presidents; and 16% transferred from another college at which they were presidents. Most community college presidents have the following qualifications and characteristics: administrative experience, usually in supervising faculty; willingness to move from one institution or geographic area to another; a doctorate degree from an accredited, preferably non-experiential, institution; a significant publishing record; a demonstrated ability to speak before large audiences; experience in dealing with personnel and, in some states, collective bargaining; experience in the preparation, analysis, and management of budgets; active roles in community service and professional organizations; and credible references. In addition to gaining these qualifications, the aspiring president should develop a resume that includes a statement of his/her managerial and educational philosophy; complete the application form carefully; gather background information on the college and the previous president's reasons for leaving before and during the interview; anticipate questions and be prepared to answer them candidly; and analyze the interview. Compatability between the culture and attitudes of the institution and the philosophy of the new president is essential. (ALB)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Career Development, Career Ladders, College Administration, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Doctoral Degrees, Employment Interviews, Females, Job Application, Leadership Qualities, Minority Groups, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (69th, Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).