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ERIC Number: ED333772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
Public Roles, Private Lives. The Representational Role of College and University Presidents.
Ostar, Roberta H.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
A survey of and interviews with 259 college and university presidents and their spouses (65 percent response rate from 400 distributed) sought to understand their role as "living logos" of their institutions. Results found that the position of president is a way of life which involves the entire family; that presidents and their spouses represent their institutions at between 100 to 170 events a year; that through their personal contact with donors, presidents and their spouses enlist financial support for their institutions; and that presidents and their spouses host from 50 to 60 functions a year for their institutions. Almost two-thirds of the presidents live in a university-owned home and use it for entertaining on behalf of the institution. Most presidential spouses, whether employed or not, volunteer enormous amounts of time for their institutions. The study concluded that presidents with their spouses function as the public personification of their institution, that this function is important to the advancement of the institution and that carrying out this role requires a large time commitment from their private lives. Several appendixes contain details of the survey design and methodology, the survey document, a list of tables, 16 references and a guide to abbreviations used in the graphs. (JB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY. College Retirement Equities Fund.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A