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ERIC Number: ED306973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-30
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: 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).