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ERIC Number: EJ807610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Landing the Chief
Hann, Christopher
District Administration, v44 n2 p39-42, 44 Feb 2008
Commercial search consulting firms such as Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, almost unheard of just a generation ago, today help fill a small but growing number of the more than 2,000 superintendent openings that arise each year in the nation's nearly 14,000 public school districts. It is unlikely that the nation's largest school systems, such as the 225 districts with more than 25,000 students, would even consider hiring a new CEO without first employing a consultant to do their recruiting and vetting. This article reports that in the highly charged, self-contained worlds they serve, search consultants wield tremendous clout. They help school boards identify a district's needs while simultaneously serving as a buffer between board members, the public, and aspiring applicants. Over the course of a search process that typically lasts four months and could cost a district more than $100,000, the consultant may serve as inspirational speaker, sounding board, data cruncher, forensic investigator, and grand inquisitor. Ultimately, it is the consultant who anoints a short list of candidates to be presented to board members, a ritual that secures the consultant's role as kingmaker. (Contains 12 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: California