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improve campus cultures and that by gaining knowledge about individuals on campus
and through identifying with the institution long-term presidents were better able to
make good decisions for their institutions and see those institutions through difficult
Long tenures give the presidents an opportunity to redefine themselves and their
roles in ways that are better align with the unique set of constituencies present in their
institution. Strong presidents change institutional culture, but good presidents also
adapt to meet the challenges of the institution. Such changes take time. Korschgen et
al. (2001) emphasized that presidential longevity allows these executives to correctly
identify existing key players in their institutions, to develop new leaders, and to forge
bonds with critical personnel. Often leaders depend on short term first impressions of
the formal and informal organizational structures as well as the inhabitants of those
structures and later discover that they have placed their trust in undeserving individuals.
Korschgen et al. concluded that the presidential search and screening process is crucial
to engendering presidential longevity and saw the search process as important to the
candidate as to the institution.
The criticality of being able to develop certain leadership competencies was
validated by Hassan, Dellow, and Jackson (2010) in the Community College Journal of
Research and Practice. Hassan et al. identified three developmental experiences for
each of the American Association of Community College (AACC) competencies, and
not surprisingly, most of these experiences require time to acquire, develop, and
mature. The AACC Developmental Experiences with Leadership Competencies are
summarized in the Table 2. Aside from longevity many of these "developmental
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