This practical resource helps aspiring leaders demystify the challenges associated with becoming a community college president.
Building on existing scholarship and research related to historical origins of the community college, this book explores the role and function of the presidency, discusses existing demographics and the importance of meeting the needs of a diverse student population, and unpacks the required competencies and leadership challenges related to becoming a community college president.
Including real voices from award-winning and current presidents as well as a step-by-step approach to attaining the position, this is an important resource that speaks to the needs of today and tomorrows’ community college leaders.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to the Community College: Historical Footprints 1. Historical Footprints 2. Ancient Roots of the College President and a Contemporary Genera 3. Contemporary President Profiles 4. Multiple Generations of Community College Leadership Revisited 5. Student and Faculty Profiles Part II: Building Leverage to Get the Job 6. Steps to the Presidency: A Basic Review 7. Understanding the Context 8. Develop and Cultivate a Network 9. Understanding and Preparing for the Interview Process 10. Job Announcement Description and Analysis Part III: Stories from the Field 11. Lived Experiences of California Community College Buttimer Recipients 12. Lived Experiences of Sitting Community College Presidents 13. Comparative Profiles - Buttimer Awardees and Sitting College Presidents 14. The Story of Clementine Part IV: Competencies for the Future 15. Guides to Building 21st Century Competencies 16. Keeping the Job and Performing with Distinction Part V: New Directions 17. Changing Practices and Moving the Field Forward 18. Key Take Away and Concluding Remarks
Edward J. Valeau, Author, is Superintendent President Emeritus of Hartnell Community College, California, USA.
Rosalind Latiner Raby, Contributing Editor, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University, Northridge, USA.