ERIC Number: ED334878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing a College President: Opportunities and Constraints.
McLaughlin, Judith Block; Riesman, David
This book examines the search and selection process for college and university presidents in its variety and intricacy. Chapter I examines the question of the importance of presidents and searches. Chapter II describes the process of presidential succession at a private liberal arts college. Chapter III discusses the tasks required at the start of the search. Chapter IV illustrates the importance of confidentiality by presenting, in disguised form, the search process for a president of a flagship state university. In Chapter V the authors discuss conflicts over privacy and publicity in the search process and in American society generally. Chapter VI presents an account of the 1983 search at the University of Florida in the glare of Florida's open meeting and open records laws. Chapter VII examines the significance of disclosure laws. Chapter VIII describes the Winthrop College (South Carolina) search conducted with the help of a consultant. The following chapter goes on to explore the implications of consultants in search processes. Chapter X describes the Rice University (Texas) search process and illuminates the ways in which members of a search committee can court a candidate. Chapter XI examines the two-way process in which candidate and institution must each choose and be chosen. Over 250 references and an index are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, College Presidents, Colleges, Confidentiality, Consultants, Disclosure, Higher Education, Leadership, Recruitment, Search Committees (Personnel), Universities
Princeton University Press, 3175 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.