ERIC Number: ED346889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Effective Board/President Relations.
College presidents have been described as visionaries responsible for shaping a school's objectives and matching talents with resources to realize those goals. College trustee boards must provide the continuity and stability necessary to guarantee the integrity of the college. Because boards have a 15-20% turnover annually, trustee education must be a high priority for boards. A board retreat with the president and all trustees present is good way to introduce a new trustee and a president and to impart values and vision. Among the board members, it is most often the chairperson who communicates the interests and concerns of the board to the president. The chair's relationship to both fellow board members and the president must be excellent if the college is to attain and maintain excellence. Hiring a college president is the most important task a board can face; a task which can be long and arduous. Establishing and maintaining a good president/board relationship will reduce the likelihood that a president will need to be replaced. Boards and presidents should sit down to develop a clear common vision, shared by both, and the priorities to be used to get there. Then boards should stand back, challenging and supporting, as the president expands and builds the dream. Evaluations should be based on what is reasonable, and should be undertaken routinely rather than just at crisis times. Boards should encourage professional growth through academies and state and national affiliations. Boards should not shortchange presidents on salaries and fringes. Finally, both parties should maintain a sense of humor through the good and the bad. (GFW)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Board Administrator Relationship, College Administration, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Intergroup Relations, Management by Objectives, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Trustees, Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Montcalm Community Coll., Sidney, MI.
Note: Paper presented at an In-Service Meeting of the Michigan Community College Association (February 2-3, 1990).