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ERIC Number: EJ1092575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Building Relationships: It's Not Always Easy, but Juggling Relationships with Board Members and Community Stakeholders Is Essential to Making Needed Campus Reforms
Collett, Stacy
Community College Journal, v85 n2 p24-26, 28 Oct-Nov 2014
Building relationships is the essence of the community college. Higher education administrators learned long ago that building rapport with businesses, state and local government, and constituents is the best way to represent the interests of the community. But that does not make it easy. Board members come and go and the shifting dynamics of group often create clashes of personalities and management styles. It is not unusual for presidents to fear for their jobs, especially if the information they present to the board is different from what was envisioned. Successful presidents say that building relationships takes fortitude, a knack for the art of persuasion and, in many cases, a willingness to step outside their comfort zone. Leaders interviewed for this article recommend a number of steps for fostering stronger relationships with board members and other stakeholders in one's community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Kansas; Maryland; Nebraska; Pennsylvania; Texas
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