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Presidential Search: An Overview for Board Members

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The selection of a president is a governing board’s most important responsibility, and the search process is the board’s best opportunity to help guide its institution into a successful new era.  This concise guide outlines the leadership roles during a search (those of the board, the board chair, the search committee, and others), briefs board members on their responsibilities during the process, and offers tips to facilitate a successful transition. 

Sections include:

  • Leadership Roles During a Presidential Search
  • Preparing for the Search
  • During the Search
  • After the Search
  • Pitfalls to Avoid
  • Special Issues
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Charge to the Search Committee
  • References and Resources

You might also be interested in A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for Universities and Colleges.