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ERIC Number: EJ859530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Disruptive Forces
O'Banion, Terry
Community College Journal, v80 n2 p32-34, 36, 38-39 Oct-Nov 2009
More than 6,500 trustees serve the nation's community colleges. The overwhelming majority of these trustees are exceptional community leaders, elected and appointed to champion the community college mission for the community and students they represent. These local trustees serve the greater good, and as the guardians of their local community colleges they have helped create the most dynamic and innovative system of colleges in the world. Occasionally, a trustee pursues a path other than serving for the greater good, and sometimes that trustee becomes a special challenge--a rogue, capable of creating enormous problems for other trustees, for faculty and staff, for the college CEO, and for the institution. These are not just troublesome trustees, or maverick or reformer trustees; these are more extreme cases of trustees who act as rogues as the term is used to identify rogue elephants, rogue cops, or rogue states. The gauge that marks their difference from troublesome trustees is the enormous damage they do; they have major impact disproportionate to their numbers in the community college world. Among community college leaders there are whispered tales of the actions of rogue trustees who wreak havoc on their institutions. This is a long-closeted issue in education--one that has not been thoroughly aired because of fears of retribution and because of the bad publicity associated with airing such problems in a public fashion. Finding themselves in uncharted territory, some leaders grow uncomfortable acknowledging the issue, much less placing it on a meeting agenda for discussion. But the problems associated with rogue trustees will not soon go away; in fact, the problems might be on the ascendency. This article discusses the impact of the rogue trustee on other trustees, on faculty and staff, on the president, and on the college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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