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bodies, a study with enough participants and multiple analytical approaches for off-
setting cases with successful tenures shortened for reasons not related to non-
performance or non-compatibility was needed. By combining the use of an original
survey with existing studies and individual interviews, the study identified optimal ways
of hiring presidents for specific types of institutions.
Results were correlated by presidential search type: (1) internal search using
search committee, (2) internal search with selection by board or other governing body,
(3) national search using professional search firm (4) national search using other types
of consultants, (5) national search using internal resourses, (6) other if identified from
survey. Correlations also included institutional type and longevity of the president.
The course of this study was determined, primarily, by the following two research
1. What method(s) of selection, of the six put forward, were most successful in
selecting presidents based on longevity? The specific variables examined
a. Method used for selection in current position
b. Method used for selection in previous position
c. Number of years completed to present in current position
d. Number of years total spent in immediately previous position.
2. What is the relationship between type of presidential search used and the
length of tenure in the sample? The specific variables examined were:
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