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(Current Presidencies = 29.09%; Previous Presidencies = 31.15%) but demonstrated a
decrease in use based on the survey responses.
Overall, of the selection processes used for previous presidential positions,
75.42% of the respondents were selected by some type of national search. For
currently held presidencies, 74.01% of the respondents were selected through one of
the national search processes. Inversely, for those respondents with a previous
presidency before their current position, 16.68% were hired for the previous presidency
through some type of internal some type of internal search, while 18.18% of the current president
respondents had been selected through internal searches. When disaggregated, the
numbers showed that internal selection by search committee fell -5.93% for this sample,
while use of the internal search with selection by a board rose +7.43 for this sample.
Mean Length of Presidential Tenure by Search Process
Type of Search Used Presidency Presidency
Mean years Mean years
Internal search using search committee 3.2 7.5
Internal search using selection by board 6.5 4.8
National search using professional search firm 3.5 4.6
National search using other types of consultants 10.4 5.8
National search using internal resources 0.4 8.1
Other 3.8 4.0
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The difference between the mean length of presidential tenure by search
processes in the current presidency and previous presidency shows a marked
difference. Presidents selected using national searches using other (than professional
search firms) types of consultants showed the longest mean tenure for current
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