Easing the Transition from a Long-Serving College President to a New Leader

Topics: Community College, Organizational Structures, Leadership and Professional Development, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • Following the tenure of a long-serving president, what factors are considered when undertaking the search for a new president?
  • What are successful ways to ease the transition from a long-serving president to a new president?


The transition from a long-serving president to a new leader can be difficult to navigate, from establishing a search committee to ensuring that the new president is well oriented to the college community. This report explores how four community colleges conducted the search process and eased the transition to a new president.

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