ERIC Number: ED407991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Presidential Leadership: What Is Important?
Sigmar, Wallace H.
Due to increasing job insecurity, businesses and employees are looking increasingly to the community college system to provide assistance through immediate, on-the-spot training. This is happening as community colleges are redefining their own missions and purposes, and at a time when they are trying to do more with less and to expand the resources they already have. A survey was conducted in order to answer questions about how college presidents feel about their jobs, about becoming presidents, and about their ability to implement change. Twelve community college presidents from the state of Washington participated in a series of telephone interviews. Answers from the presidents are provided for the following questions: (1) As a new community college president what did you find was your biggest surprise? (2) What has been your biggest disappointment? (3) What has been your single biggest mistake or what would you do differently? (4) What was your most important first step? (5) What words of wisdom would you share with those who are interested in this line of work? (6) Which position(s) prepare one the best for this job? and (7) Now that you have been a community college president for a period of time, do you think you made a correct career choice? (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (77th, Anaheim, CA, April 12-14, 1997).