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Even with diligent research before accepting a position, administrators new to an
institution may find themselves in a situation completely different than what they had
expected or were led to expect. This may be due to completely honest
misunderstandings or due to duplicity. Dr. Ronnie Glasscock (2005, personal
communication), told University of North Texas higher education administration students
about finding a note on the desk during his first day as the college president at a new
institution. The note he found informed him that his new college was nearly insolvent;
however, he was able to stay as president for over a decade and help shape the school
into a growing, financially healthy institution; even after successfully turning around the
institution, Glasscock (2005, personal communication) eventually left amid differences
with board members. Not all new CEOs are even that lucky or so talented. Often,
senior administrators simply find that they have made a horrible mistake (Flynn, 2010).
The institution, along with its staff, community, and/or leadership may not be compatible
with their personal style of leadership, experience, talents, or view of the mission of the
Once in this position, administrators have several choices available to them,
none of which are completely satisfactory. Among these choices are: (1) changing their
own style, stretching their talents, and adjusting to the culture of the new institution; (2)
changing the institution which may be a necessity and trying not only to change the
employees and board but also to change the community and students (Biggerstaff,
1992; Saviola, 2010); (3) leaving at the first opportunity or simply waiting for the board
to make the break for them (Flynn, 2010).
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