ERIC Number: ED497846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
360 Degrees Support for the 24/7 President
Thornburgh, John K.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v15 n2 p23-27 Mar-Apr 2007
Few chief executive positions rival today's academic presidency in the complexity, unpredictability, and stress-producing nature of the job. This article describes how board members can sustain the well-being of those who hold down today's demanding academic presidencies. Initiatives boards can consider include: (1) appropriate personal staff; (2) Professional development opportunities; (3) mentoring and coaching; and (4) personal perquisites. A standard component of an annual presidential review should be the board's candid discussion of the president's personal, emotional, and intellectual well-being. Thus, both the board and president should develop a specific plan that draws on the foregoing resources and initiatives.
Descriptors: College Presidents, Administrator Role, Board Administrator Relationship, Well Being, College Administration, Governing Boards, Quality of Working Life, Work Environment, Social Support Groups, Professional Isolation, Resource Staff, Professional Development, Educational Opportunities, Mentors, Fringe Benefits
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.