ERIC Number: ED387167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Successful Long-Term College Presidents and the Positioning of Their Institutions.
Donnelly, Joseph C., Jr.
A qualitative study was undertaken to examine similarities and differences in the leadership styles of two successful private liberal arts college presidents and two successful public two-year college presidents. During site visits, a series of semi-structured, open-ended interviews were conducted with the president, senior staff and faculty, trustees, members of presidential search committees, students, and union officers. The study indicated that the success of the college was linked to the success of the presidents' leadership styles. Each college had developed a clearly identified mission and the presidents exercised a strong leadership role in promoting this vision. The specific design and implementation of new projects and programs, however, is usually delegated to administration, who are held to high standards. In addition, each college in the study played a significant role in its local community, with the two-year college presidents expressing the idea that their colleges were owned by the community. All of the presidents were also fiercely proud of their colleges' instructional programs and academic quality and used the physical plant to enhance the college culture. Finally, change at the colleges in the study was driven by faculty ideas, but usually supported and enhanced the vision articulated by the president. Both presidents at the two-year colleges had "open-door" policies for staff and faculty to discuss new ideas. (Contains 40 references.) (KP)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Institutional Mission, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Long Range Planning, Management Teams, Organizational Objectives, Participative Decision Making, School Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Teamwork, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at "Leadership 2000," the Annual International Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College and the Community College Leadership Program (7th, San Francisco, CA, July 23-26, 1995). Some pages contain uneven type.