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ERIC Number: EJ792667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
CC Leader: Community Colleges Go outside to Fill Key Posts
Viniar, Barbara
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v21 n1 p24-25 Sum 2006
Ask one community college leader if hiring individuals who have not come through the ranks makes sense, and he will say absolutely not, the cultural adjustment is too difficult. Ask another, and she will say that with the right guidance and orientation, "outsiders" make excellent hires. Ask another, and you will hear that there is an adequate but underrepresented pool of potential leaders among women and minorities already in community colleges. Half of the nation's nearly 1,000 community college presidents will retire over the next few years, according to some estimates. In addition, the senior administrators who might have been on track to assume these positions are themselves retiring, drying up the pipeline that used to ensure a steady flow of candidates from within, and creating vacancies in critical areas of campus leadership. Filling "the leadership gap" has reached a crisis point for community colleges nationwide. In this article, the author discusses why community colleges are turning to candidates from business, the military, politics and other non-community college background to fill the hundreds of presidencies and other key posts expected to open up over the next few years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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