Applying a fit perspective to college presidential turnover and selection

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Aim/Purpose The role of college presidents has become increasingly critical, yet their tenure as institutional leaders have decreased over the last half century, leading to institutional instability and an expensive search process for new presidents. Scholars have sought to understand this phenomenon by focusing on either presidential characteristics, or institutional characteristics, with few approaches that examine both. Contribution This article posits that our understanding of presidential departure and selection is in need of a more holistic and theoretically sound approach. This paper presents a structured literature review college presidential turnover that illustrates the limited approaches taken to understand this challenge. Recommendations for Practitioners The conceptual framework presented here provides practitioners with specific areas to focus on when seeking to measure fit with their current/ future presidents. This is beneficial as it leads to intentional defining of g
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-93
JournalJournal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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