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Friday, April 19, 2013

Provosts need to do a better job of managing the expectations gap between trustees and faculty members when interviewing for a presidency.  Trustees are seeking leaders with a dynamic and change-oriented nature, while faculty look for a successful track record of completed projects in a shared governance environment. “They should be able to talk about robust processes that progressed on schedule,” Barden states. “They should explain that the processes had the goal of making the institution viable.”

Academic leaders also need to have solid financial skills and an in-depth understanding of how an institution’s mission is tied to finances. “Being responsive to the market doesn’t mean an institution needs to abandon its core mission,” Barden said. “But the core mission needs to be compelling enough that people will pay for it.”

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