ERIC Number: ED496481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
A Presidential Search Is Opportunity Knocking
Funk, R. William
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v13 n5 Sep-Oct 2005
When the inevitable change in presidential leadership takes place at a college or university, board members often think only of the additional demands the search will place on their hectic schedules. No other situation allows board members to contribute so positively and profoundly to the immediate and long-term welfare of the college or university. A well-designed and executed search affords the board an opportunity not just to identify and recruit a new and capable leader, but also to exercise its powers to improve the institution's reputation, viability, and financial strength. These opportunities too often are missed. The search for a new president affords the board a rare chance to take stock of the college or university's overall health and direction--and to meaningfully influence its future direction. This article presents guidelines for planning and executing the search for a new president in order to fully realize the potential of a change in leadership.
Descriptors: Leadership, Search Committees (Personnel), College Presidents, Trustees, Governing Boards, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Characteristics, Higher Education, Opportunities, Politics of Education, Public Relations, Self Evaluation (Groups)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.