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can increase the possibility of stable and successful leadership. Hiring the optimal
individual starts with the presidential search process and that process is the focus of
In "The Impact of Presidential Migration - Raising Questions about Presidential
Tenure in Higher Education", Korschgen, Fuller, and Gardner (2001) interviewed 20
former and current college presidents to ask the question "Why is longevity (in college
presidents) important?" Korschgen et al.'s four major conclusions were:
1. Long-term presidents are best equipped to help change a campus culture.
2. Long-term presidents are generally more adept at handling institutional
difficulties and making better decisions.
3. Long-term presidents have time to build an effective leadership team and to
develop strong relationship with alumni, legislators, donors, and community
4. Long-term presidents recognize that being effective means evolving and
changing with the job.
Korschgen et al. went further and cited instances of what happens when the tenure of a
college president is too short. Among situations cited were internal bickering due to
presidential changes that don't have a chance to be resolved, unfulfilled dreams for both
the institution and employees, dismantling of what has gone before, encouraging short-
term thinking (planning) in the college, and the draining of the energy of faculty and
Institutions of higher education have long known that keeping senior
administrators is as difficult as finding qualified and satisfactory administrators in the
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Howells, Constance L. A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process and Position Longevity in Community Colleges, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103329/m1/10/: accessed March 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .