Presidential Change: Interim Administrations in Higher Education. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.Report as inadecuate

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This study examined the status of the interim presidency at public research/doctorate-granting universities. A questionnaire soliciting demographic data on interim presidential utilization was sent to the institutional research offices at 134 universities, and the returned questionnaires, 20 interim presidents were selected to participate in phenomenological interviews. Data from the questionnaires revealed that interim presidencies are prevalent among public research/doctorate-granting institutions and that interim presidents are being employed with increasing frequency. Institutions can anticipate having an interim presidential administration every 7.5 years. Interviews with the 20 interim presidents concluded that: (1) periods of transitional leadership do not have inherently negative effects on universities; (2) interim presidency is personally and professionally rewarding; (3) interim presidencies have wide ranging effects on individuals and their careers; (4) constituents, particularly appointing authorities, are supportive of interim administrations; (5) interim presidents, through their actions and leadership, shape constituents' impressions of the interim period and set the stage for later accomplishments; and (6) interim presidents often act as one of three types -- "back-up players,""utility players," or "pinch hitters." (Contains 31 references.) (Author/JB)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Administrators, College Presidents, Higher Education, Research Universities, State Universities

Author: Everley, Mary L.


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