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ERIC Number: EJ869090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-12
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Interim Expertise
Anyaso, Hilary Hurd
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n20 p14-15 Nov 2009
The Registry for College and University Presidents places former executives in interim presidential and other senior-level posts and is familiar with the challenges interim executives and institutions encounter in times of leadership transitions. However, the one big advantage interims bring to institutions, says Registry Vice President Kevin J. Matthews, is the experience of having done the job. Started in 1992 by former university presidents Drs. Thomas Langevin and Allen Koenig to place former presidents exclusively in interim positions, the Registry expanded in 2002 with the establishment of a new division for senior administrators that now accounts for 60 percent of its business. It has contracts with more than 250 former college and university presidents and senior administrators in almost every state, all of whom have been selected for membership based upon nominations and an extensive evaluation process. Interim assignments can range from three months to three years. This year, the Registry has placed six leaders at historically Black and other minority-serving colleges and universities. The Registry's model precludes its members from participating in the search for the permanent replacement. Rather, interims often help the institution create a more appealing environment for the permanent hire by providing stability during a transition, says Matthews. Furthermore, the Registry stresses to its members that there is more than one paradigm for a successful interim placement--transitional and transformational. The more traditional model is the transitional, in which interims essentially act as a place-holder until a permanent person is hired. However, says Matthews, more and more, transformational leadership is required.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois