Abstract

How does institutional culture affect the selection of college presidents? In this study, the authors used the concepts of institutional saga and culture to describe the dynamics at work when a new president was selected at three institutions. They analyzed institutional data, including (1) transcripts of interviews, (2) field notes, and (3) documents, by triangulation and constant comparison. All three colleges seemed to use the same rational search committee process, but institutional values, key institutional events, and the attitude of the college community toward the incumbent actually determined the dynamics of the search.

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