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Faculty are one of the constituencies who have to work with new administrators and
often are most directly affected by the decisions and changes put into effect by the new
leadership. In following this reasoning, it could be surmised that in being able to select
the best fit for their institutions, faculty members can help insure the success and
longevity of new presidents. Crutcher (2004), President of Wheaton College, opined on
faculty relationships during a meeting at the Mellon Foundation as having found faculty
on his search committee to have been very important in that their involvement gave him
access to information about the institution that he subsequently found useful.
Literature on Internal Searches
Schmidt (2009) reported on survey results released by the American Council of
Education in "Survey of Chief Academic Officers Raises Concerns about Diversity and
Longevity." Schmidt stated that the survey showed that the longevity of "Chief
Academic Officers" were not only of short duration but that only one fifth of the
academic officers eventually move up to the position of college or university president.
Schmidt contended that this has serious consequences for both diversity and longevity
of higher education presidents. Among other things, Schmidt asserted that the lack of
minorities being moved up from lower positions internally to presidential positions leads
to the recycling of minority candidates with previous presidential experience and causes
a near zero sum gain in minority presidents.
It is not unusual to use search committees for presidential selection even when
conducting internal searches. While internal searches are unusual for larger
institutions, institutions worried about the appearance of impartiality and fairness will
often use search committees during the internal presidential search process. When
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