ERIC Number: ED411734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Presidential Leadership and Institutional Mission.
This paper presents three case studies of presidential leadership at universities in Georgia, focusing on the difficulties of presidential searches and the importance of finding the right person for the position. The presidency of John Patrick Crecine (1987-1994) at the Georgia Institute of Technology was controversial from the start, in that Crecine had a vision for the school that were not shared by many constituencies. The presidency of John Michael Palms (1989-91) at Georgia State University (GSU) was at a disadvantage due to the fact that his predecessor served for over 30 years as head of the institution. Necessary reorganizations and staff changes, along with Palms' emphasis on the research potential of GSU, created an increasingly frustrating situation that led to his resignation. The selection of Charles B. Knapp as president of the University of Georgia (1987-1997) was made without the full participation of the faculty and without a visit on his part to the campus. However, Knapp was able to overcome questions about his selection by choosing competent administrators, expanding the campus, and leading successful fundraising drives. The paper concludes that presidential selections, especially at public institutions, need to focus on goodness of fit. (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, Case Studies, College Administration, College Presidents, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Leadership, Profiles, Search Committees (Personnel), State Universities
Institute of Higher Education, Candler Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1772; phone: 706-542-3464 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Inst. of Higher Education.