Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Successful California State University presidents: A case study of how well their professional qualities mirror job descriptions
by Edwards, David, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 148; 3425882
Abstract (Summary)

For many years, the number of university leaders in the United States nearing the age of retirement has grown garnering a great deal of attention from universities who foresee the need to recruit the next generation of educational leaders. Higher education has failed to develop a substantial body of literature on how to conduct university presidential searches. Some researchers suggest a sense of urgency because about half of college presidents are nearing retirement age. These challenges are not new in America's higher education system. The California State University System (CSU) has several campus presidents who are nearing retirement age. The need to understand what skills are required to be a successful president within the CSU is critical for recruiting purposes.

The purpose of this study was to examine if the professional qualities of the most successful CSU presidents mirrored those used in job descriptions utilized to recruit presidents. The goal of this research was to provide information helpful for future CSU presidents and for the CSU system as it recruits future educational leaders. The study found that while there were similarities in the professional qualities of successful CSU presidents and those job descriptions, there were remarkable areas of omission in the CSU job description. Areas where the two were not congruent included the following: relationship development with the local community, experience working within a large, complex system of higher education and understanding the dynamics of working with a faculty governance system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murray, John
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: California State University, Job descriptions, Presidential recruitment, Professional qualities, University presidents
Publication Number: 3425882
ISBN: 978-1-124-27945-9
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