ERIC Number: ED451833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
The Critical Impact of Impending Retirements on Community College Leadership.
A synthesis of recent research efforts, including the 2001 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Leadership Survey, this paper highlights trends that have placed community college leadership in peril. Two major issues have combined to create a crisis: (1) community college presidents have been retiring at a high rate--a trend that is expected to continue; and (2) the pipeline for potential leaders is similarly affected, with higher than normal projected retirements over the next 10 years. These retirements lead to a potential lack of leaders to carry on the vital mission of the nation's community colleges. Key findings in this report include the following: (1) nearly half of current community college presidents indicate they will be retiring in the next 6 years; (2) 33 percent of presidents believe that one-fourth or more of their chief administrators will retire in the next 5 years; (3) the skills presidents need in the future will be similar to those needed today, but there will be more emphasis on entrepreneurial spirit, command of technology, and adaptive approach; (4) the average age of people in the most common feeder positions to the presidency is over 50 years old; and (5) mentoring and professional development play key roles in preparing people for leadership positions. (JA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.