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Old July 8th, 2016, 03:17 PM
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Default Re: University President Qualities

The president of any college or university has to handle many different responsibilities - raising funds, overseeing staff and working to maintain academic standards.

Qualities that a University President must have are:

-Ability to lead a complex organization

-Deep understanding of university culture
Preference will be given to candidates with terminal degrees, teaching experience,
a personal record of research and scholarship, and other higher education achievements.

-Superb communication skills
The president must be able to:
• Articulate a compelling vision to diverse audiences both internal and external to the university.
• Inspire and engage all the university’s audiences.
• Have regular, direct contact and rapport with members of all of the university’s constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and citizens of Ohio.
• Listen thoughtfully and respectfully to those constituencies.
• Serve as a thought leader on issues facing higher education.

-Leadership Qualities
The president must demonstrate a record of:
• Appointing diverse leaders to senior positions.
• Stimulating structural change that enhances diversity.
• Nurturing success among diverse individuals.

-Ability to build a strong, collaborative leadership team
The president must have a record of:
• Building effective teams that complement the strengths of individual members.
• Rewarding collaborations that further the interests of the institution as a whole.
• Fostering internal leadership development and encouraging senior leaders to do the same within their units.

-Commitment to shared governance and transparent decision-making
The president must demonstrate:
• The capacity to work effectively with a board of trustees.
• Respect for competing ideas and critical discussion.
• Support for shared governance with broad stakeholder input and shared responsibilities.
• A record of seeking input from all affected stakeholders.

-Character traits
The president must have integrity, wisdom, stamina, energy, and passion.
The president must also be ethical and trustworthy, purposeful yet open-minded,
approachable, curious, compassionate, and courageous.
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