A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process and Position Longevity in Community Colleges Page: 11
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a. Relationship between type of presidential search process used for
selection in current position and currently completed length of tenure.
b. Relationship between type of presidential search process used for
selection in immediately previous position and total length of tenure in that
Significance of the Study
The significance of the study was related to the importance and difficulty of being
able to hire and retain qualified presidents well matched to higher education institutions.
Padilla (2006) suggested, that in relationship to presidential changes, too much change
can create uncertainty and morale problems while the opposite may bring about a static
environment. Many institutions have no choice but to change given the high turnover of
presidents. Cohen and March (1986) reported that 50% of small-school presidents
expect to move to another position in academic administration while 35% expect
another presidency. Cohen and March reported that Kerr (1970) had analyzed 60 years
of data for the number of years in office of presidents of universities and found the
average president's tenure had gone from 10.9 in 1899, 9.5 in 1929, 7.7 in 1939, 7.4 in
1959, and 5.9 in 1969. The median dropped from 7 years in 1929 to 2 years in 1959.
This implies that the migration of presidents is neither new to the last few decades nor
restricted to any one type of higher education institution.
While the scope of this study did not address all needs related to hiring and keeping
presidents, the appropriate matching of institutions with an optimal process of hiring a
new president was used to facilitate an institution in meeting many of these needs.
Knowing which process in which settings have produced presidents that have accrued
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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/m1/19/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .