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of a separate and independent higher educational unit. In general, this would include
being separately accredited by a regional accrediting agency and/or having separate
budgets and accounting.
Internal search - A presidential search limited to candidates who are already part
of and employed by that organization.
Longevity (tenure) of college president - The length of time in which the
individual has served as the continuous, permanent (not interim), and preeminent leader
of the same unique institution. Longevity, for purposes of this study, was considered as
no longer accruing when an individual leaves the employment of the institution and
returns after a break in service nor did it accrue when the individual moves from one
institution within a system to another, distinct institution, within the same system.
Search committee - The committee selected to choose the initial candidates and
finalists; the committee "now typically involves a rather large and formal search
committee with wide trustee, faculty, staff, student, and alumni representation" (Martin &
Samuels, 2004, p. 52). However, as recently as 2006, Marchese and Fiori Lawrence
advised in The Search Committee Handbook that researchers recommend committees
should have "no fewer than five members but no more than nine" (p. 12). Marchese
and Fiori Lawrence recommended that committee members be people who command
respect and are committed to the process and should further reflect the "interest of the
various constituencies...that warrants committee membership" (p. 13). Besides faculty,
administrators, and board members, search committee members often include students,
support staff, retirees, and community figures (Marchese & Fiori Lawrence, 2006).
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