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ERIC Number: EJ756006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-24
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Dos and Don'ts of Writing Presidential Contracts
Fain, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n14 pB8 Nov 2006
In the not-so-distant past, an employment agreement between a university president and a governing board was often nothing more than a handshake. Today, formal contracts are requirements for presidents, with boards and presidents typically relying on lawyers to extensively document terms of employment, salary and benefits, and, perhaps most importantly, terms of separation. The value of a well-written presidential contract is most apparent when a board dismisses a president, says Howard S. Ende, a former general counsel for Princeton University, who is with the Princeton office of the firm Drinker Biddle & Reath. In this article, Mr. Ende reviewed two presidential contracts for The Chronicle: Mr. Ladner's contract, and the employment agreement held by Robert M. Gates, president of Texas A&M University at College Station. Here, Mr. Ende shares his views on both contracts and points to issues covered by Mr. Ladner's contract that were left open in that of Mr. Gates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas