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ERIC Number: EJ887874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Leading from the Middle: Preparing Leaders for New Roles
Ebbers, Larry; Conover, Kitty S.; Samuels, Anisha
New Directions for Community Colleges, n149 p59-64 Spr 2010
Many community college presidents, upper-level administrators, and experienced faculty who began their careers in the sixties, seventies, and even eighties are nearing the end of their career, leaving key leadership openings to be filled. The average age of sitting community college presidents is fifty-eight, and nearly 84 percent of current community college presidents will retire by 2016. Further, presidents report that 38 percent of their chief administrators will retire by 2016. One problem community colleges face is the difficulty in finding and identifying new, fully qualified leaders ready to replace those retiring. Existing leaders must start identifying, training, and "growing their own" to meet the increasing need for new leadership. To fill the growing vacancies, Grow Your Own Leaders (GYOL) programs, as well as statewide and national leadership development programs, present an opportunity for middle managers to begin planning for their own future. The project, Leading Forward, outlines recommendations and leadership competencies to enhance leadership development in community colleges. With a focus on new leaders, this initiative is offering insight regarding how colleges can cultivate new leadership and foster the needed skill sets for future leaders. This article describes a multitude of leadership programs designed to provide administrators serving in the middle part of the organization with opportunities for new skill development and enhancement of existing skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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