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may only be marginally competent with leadership styles and may not mesh with
Reluctance to fire less than satisfactory CEOs along with fear of legal
consequences adds to the self-perpetuation of the ineffectualness among the highest
levels of academic leadership (Birnbaum, 1992; Cotton, 2002; Ludlow, 2010). Legal
fears can make it difficult to get insightful information from other institutions regarding
potential leaders (Poston, 2010). Even very principled institutions are reluctant to
release damaging information about their current CEOs. As a result, some problematic
leaders move from institution to institution in relatively short timeframes. Sometimes,
though, discretion is made impossible along with the board's choice in ridding
themselves of a president. This happened when Richard Scaldini, President of Myers
University (formerly Dyke College) in Cleveland, Ohio, found his picture published in
both the newspapers and Internet while he was being handcuffed by a deputy sheriff.
The arrest for violation of a judicial gag order was connected to an already simmering
struggle over the sale of the foundering business school (Kroll, 2007).
There is a question of how the institution should select the person best fitted for
their particular mission and culture in order to maximize the chances of contentedly
keeping them for an optimal number of years. At the same time, the potential CEO may
be trying to discover a way to find an institution that satisfies his or her expectations and
empowers him or her to fulfill its vision. If the numerous seasoned CEOs eligible to
retire were actually to leave higher education in the next decade and the rate of turnover
in higher education executive offices persists, an unprecedented number of institutions
can be expected to search for executive officers.
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