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ERIC Number: EJ896355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Turnover: Selecting the Next Generation's Presidents
Skinner, Richard A.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n5 p9-15 Sep-Oct 2010
There will be an increase in the number of college and university presidencies becoming vacant due to retirements over the next several years. Since most of the incumbents, including provosts and presidents (the largest source for new presidents), are Baby Boomers, the pool of potential replacements is likely to include more candidates, such as deans, who have had fewer executive responsibilities and fewer opportunities to work with boards than their predecessors did. Moreover, leadership changes will take place when higher education's primary stakeholders are becoming increasingly skeptical (in some cases, cynical), as institutions face increasing competition for resources of all types, and when conventional means of securing new funds--raising tuition and other fees, spending from endowments, and traditional fund-raising--are becoming less tenable. Meanwhile, demographic trends in the age and ethnicity of students, faculty, staff, and ultimately candidates will require boards to change their preconceptions of what a president looks like. So boards will need to recruit a new generation of presidents with skills and perspectives different from those of their predecessors and more attuned to the demands currently being placed on higher education. Search committees will need to reach beyond conventional modes of communication and invitation if they are to identify candidates who do not look like current higher education executives. Each college and university will sort out its leadership needs according to its distinctive aspects of mission and location, as well as its circumstances, when a presidency opens up. This article discusses the qualities that are needed by all institutions. (Contains 9 resources.)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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