ERIC Number: EJ873923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Juggling Fund Raising and Internal Leadership Demands: What Does It Take?
Community College Journal, v75 n3 p16-18 Dec 2004-Jan 2005
Gone are the days when university presidents were hired primarily based on a lifetime of scholarship and academic credentials that resonated with faculty, and then expected to focus on internal governance and maintaining the institution's status quo. Increasingly, leaders of higher education institutions are under relentless pressure to raise private funds intended to protect and grow colleges and universities. However, while fund raising can often constitute another full-time role, presidents must balance the effort with the challenging demands of campus leadership. Fund raising is one of the most visible and demanding roles expected from campus leadership today. Unfortunately, presidents who have built careers as scholars with sterling academic credentials or who have come from outside higher education are often unprepared for the task. Critical for fund-raising success is a certain orientation on the part of a president, which includes: (1) an authentic belief in the role of president as fund raiser; (2) a deep understanding of the need to invest in external relationships; (3) strategic goal setting; (4) a future vision; (5) a passion for the institution and storyteller ability; and (6) solid credibility. Fund-raising success does not happen without a planned, comprehensive strategy, an engaged board, a strong leadership team, and most importantly, campus leaders with vision, passion, and a sense of urgency.
Descriptors: Credentials, Fund Raising, Higher Education, Goal Orientation, Leadership, College Presidents, Governance, Administrator Role, Strategic Planning, Futures (of Society)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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