ERIC Number: ED499825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
The Community College Presidency: 2006
Weisman, Iris M.; Vaughn, George B.
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1)
This research brief presents results of George B. Vaughan and Iris Weisman's 2006 Career and Lifestyle Survey (CLS) of community college presidents. Data from four previous CLS studies, conducted in 1984, 1991, 1996, and 2001, are included to indicate trends over time (Vaughan, 1986; Vaughan, Mellander, & Blois, 1994; Vaughan & Weisman, 1998; Weisman & Vaughan, 2002). The 545 presidents who completed the 2006 CLS were primarily White (88%), male (71%), and older than in previous surveys (57% were 58 years old or older), and had they been community college presidents for more than 5 years (62%). Highlights of survey results: (1) Mobility seems to be on the rise, with an increasing number of presidents having two or more presidencies; (2) Thirty-one percent of the 2006 presidents were hired into their current positions either through selection processes involving a search firm or through individuals who conduct presidential searches; (3) In 1996, 68% of CEOs stated that they planned to retire within 10 years; this increased to 84% in 2006; (4) After steadily increasing for the past 15 years, the percentage of female presidents responding to the survey has leveled off at 29%, only a 1% increase from 2001; (5) Whites made up 88% of the presidents responding to the survey; (6) More than half of current presidents (54%) have a formal mentoring relationship with a potential future community college leader; (7) The rolling contract, at 3 years or less, is the most common presidential contract; (8) Nearly 80% of the governing boards conducted a formal presidential evaluation within the past two years; (9) Presidents are spending an increasing amount of time on the external responsibilities of the presidency; and (10) Nearly all presidents (97%) sit on a corporate, nonprofit, or national advisory board or panel. (Contains 3 footnotes, 7 figures, and 7 tables.)
Descriptors: Mentors, Advisory Committees, Community Colleges, Governing Boards, College Presidents, Surveys, Trend Analysis, Administrator Characteristics, Personnel Selection, Retirement, Contracts, Administrator Role, Administrator Responsibility
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.