ERIC Number: ED466260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-8
Temperament and Competence in the Managerial Roles of Community College Presidents.
Athans, Stephen L.
This study examines the role of community college presidents as the two-year institution faces changing and expanding issues and challenges. The author argues that the community college president must be adept at assembling a leadership team if he/she is going to be an effective administrator. The study utilized a cross-sectional design and collected data using a mailed survey. The author randomly selected 300 community college presidents from a target population of 463 presidents of stand-alone campuses that are members of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and which have governing boards. A total of 124 presidents agreed to participate in the study, representing 31% of the target population and 47% of the random sample. The 119 usable surveys represented 26% of the target population and 40% of the random sample. The survey asked seven questions regarding temperament type. The author concludes that the study: (1) establishes that there are statistical differences in how the four temperaments rate their competence; (2) confirms Roberts' and Macdaid's temperament distributions for college presidents; (3) reasonably establishes the representatives of the study sample from which conclusions may be drawn; and (4) provides a springboard from which other such studies can be generated. Appended are the Situational Temperament Sorter, the leaderships Competencies Assessment Instrument, and letters of invitation and instruction. (Contains 53 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Administrator Behavior, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, Age, Age Differences, College Administration, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Competence, Educational Research, Leadership Qualities, Management Development, Managerial Occupations, Personality, Role, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University.