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This study did not address "quality" and only looked at longevity. The findings
suggested longevity is a desirable trait in a presidency but did not specifically prove that
longevity translates into leading a better, more successful institution. Further, the
results did not show that longevity leads to a better, more successful, president. A
qualitative study could be done comparing the longevity of the presidencies to the
successful changes and improvements made but even the interpretation of these
adjectives would be subjective. Information indicated whether the respondents' current
presidencies had been awarded from within the same institution, a different institution in
the same state, or not from an institution of higher education at all. In a future study,
these variables could be correlated with longevity.
Some of the additional areas of inquiry related to presidential searches and/or
presidential longevity have been listed above. However, there remains a question of
what combination of variables might best predict a long lived presidency. Probably the
most telling variable would be one of the most difficult to quantify and compare to
longevity: institutional culture. And with the institutional culture variable, the search
processes used to select the presidents destined to persist in their positions come into
the picture. Further, are some search processes more likely to lend themselves more
aptly to certain types of institutional cultures? In addition, what interceding variables
such as transparency versus secrecy affect search processes? These are questions
that will need to be explored in future studies.
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