ERIC Number: EJ1013390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: N/A
Does the Presidential Spouse Have a Role? Should the Role be Compensated?
Horner, David G.; Williams, David A.
Trusteeship, v21 n2 p22-27 Mar-Apr 2013
The question of whether the presidential spouse should be compensated is one on which it seems everyone has an opinion. "Trusteeship" magazine asked two such people with differing views to weigh in. (Note that the use of the term "spouse" is also meant to include "partner.") David G. Horner, president of The American College of Greece (Athens), argues that sometimes presidential spouses should be compensated, and presents 10 salient points that should inform an institution's and its board's expectations and position on this matter. David A. Williams, an assistant judge in Vermont and the author of "Caesar's Wife, The College President's Spouse: Minister without Portfolio or the President's Conscience?," argues against compensating presidential spouses. The three take-aways from both are the following: (1) Institutional approaches to defining and compensating the role of the presidential spouse continue to evolve and reflect differing views; (2) The arguments against compensating the presidential spouse touch on the dicey ethical, legal, and political implications of such a decision, for which the board is ultimately responsible; and (3) If the spouse is to have a role, the board should carefully and creatively structure it, based on good governance principles, ensuring it is a good fit for the institution.
Descriptors: Colleges, College Presidents, Spouses, Ethics, Legal Problems, Disclosure, Compensation (Remuneration), Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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