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Howells, Constance L. A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process
and Position Lonqevity in Community Collegqes. Doctor of Philosophy (Higher
Education), December 2011, 69 pp., 15 tables, 1 figure, references, 55 titles.
A great deal of time, money, and effort can be expended on hiring community
college presidents without any assurance that they will remain in their new positions a
substantial amount of time. Building on decades of literature reporting the continuing
decrease of presidential longevity, this study examined the methods most successful in
selecting presidents with relatively greater longevity and what relationship exists
between the type of presidential search used and the length of tenure. An original 18-
question survey was e-mailed to 904 community college and two-year institution
presidents to capture information about both current and previous presidencies.
Participants returned 224 valid responses for a response rate of 24.8%. Results of a
generalized linear model (GLM) yielded a statistically significant result showing a
positive relationship between the variable Q7STDT1(type of presidential searches in
current position) and length of tenure of selected candidates (F = 3.41, p = .006).No
significant relationship was found between the selection process used in the
immediately previous presidential positions and selected candidates' longevity in those
positions. Information from this study can be used to decide whattypes of selection
process should be used and to indicatefurther topics of inquiry in this area.
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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/m1/2/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .