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ERIC Number: ED476681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Community College Presidency: What Are the Challenges To Be Encountered and Traits To Be Successful?
Goff, Donald Gary
This study highlights many of the unique challenges the 21st century will pose for those who aspire to be community college presidents. Specifically, the author summarizes Sullivan's (2001) list of 21st century challenges (e.g., a continuing scarcity of resources, changing student and staff demographics, and competition from private-sector providers of high-quality training) and discusses the relevance of these issues for the next generation of community college leaders. The author asserts that knowing and understanding these emerging challenges will aid the community college president in goal accomplishment within his or her institution. The leadership skills and traits needed by the 21st century community college president are also reviewed. The author summarizes previous research on essential community college leadership traits and behavior patterns and gives special attention to the leadership traits of African-American and female leaders. The author concludes with the assertion that the community college president must have the skills necessary to ensure success during his or her presidency. Leadership skills and traits will need to be developed as the future community college president transitions from faculty, department chair, dean, vice president, and provost into the presidency. (Contains 16 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A