A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process and Position Longevity in Community Colleges Page: 17
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Search firm (also search consultants) - Experienced, outside individuals who
council, assist, and advise institutions in their efforts to hire new senior executives (or
others, such as faculty) for a fee obtained either from the new hire or from the hiring
institution. Martin and Samuels (2004) cited the advantages of using a search firm as
a. By smoothing the search process and by helping the institution to see itself
clearly and prepare for the leadership transition, the search firm can assist the
presidential candidates in gaining a clear perspective of the institution,
defining the role of the candidates' spouses, or understanding the
expectations of the college's board.
b. By having more resources and experience in recruiting candidates,
professional search firms can be especially helpful in recruiting special
c. Search firms have the ability to screen out undesirable candidates.
The following were among the disadvantages of search firms mentioned by Martin and
a. Poor grasp of institutional character and needs
b. Loss of institutional control of the process
c. "Recycled" or preferred candidates and less candidates from different types of
institutions or outside higher education
d. Recruitment of predictable candidates.
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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/m1/25/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .