On the front lines of rural-serving community colleges: Novice presidents share their experiences of the job

Stephanie Jones, Erika Warnick

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Abstract

Many first time community college presidents are taking the helm as leaders of these complex and diverse institutions. Facing challenges including decreased state funding, a rapidly changing student demographic, underprepared students, and accountability demands by both internal and external constituents, even the most prepared president can find the job daunting. Through the use of qualitative inquiry, this study explores the experiences of four novice community college presidents from four regions in the state of Texas, who have been in their roles less than 5 years. The topics discussed include the transition and integration of leadership philosophies, the successes and challenges of the job, how presidents spend their time on the job, as well as what they wished they had known before applying for the position. In addition, they offer their advice to those that are considering pursing a community college presidency.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademic Leadership
Volume10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

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