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dependent variable in this study involved length of tenure and tenure for those currently
holding CEO positions were not yet terminal, the length in the position was divided by 5
years each and by 10 years to create two variables. Thus, the independent variable of
the selection process used was compared to each length of time of tenure (Table 10).
In this way, one might be able to say, "For those presidents who have remained in their
positions between 5 and 10 years, the selection process most often used was . ...
The responses to other questions such as institution type, gender, and race were
treated only as possible intervening variables during the analysis.
Selection Processes for Current Presidents (Variable Q9SLCTPR)
Selection Process for Current President n %
Internal search using search committee 2 0.91
Internal search with selection by board 38 17.27
National search using professional search firm 85 38.64
National search using other types of consultants 15 6.28
National search using internal resources 64 29.09
Other 16 7.27
One possible flaw to this approach was that the tenure of the current, on-going,
presidencies were by definition not terminal. Some of these presidencies could go on
for years or decades beyond their current length of tenure while many could end much
sooner. Proof of these possibilities was shown in the fact that although the presidents
in this study reported an average of 28.8 years of experience in any position in higher
education, 108, or 48.2%, of them reported having less than 1 year of tenure as a
president at their current institutions (Table 11). Even if it were possible that newer
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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/m1/51/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .