A descriptive study of the presidential search process at a newly created community college and its reflection of the emerging organizational culture Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to describe the presidential search process at a newly created community college and to learn how that process reflected the emerging organizational culture. A single research question guided the inquiry: How did the presidential search process at a newly created community college reflect the emerging organizational culture? To discover this, a naturalistic research paradigm was used. Specifically, a descriptive case study of the presidential search process at Cascadia Community College was conducted. The in-depth interviewing method was applied. In addition, document analysis was conducted and the methods of triangulation, peer debriefing and member checks were utilized to establish trustworthiness. Data were analyzed using elements of the constant comparative method and a phenomenological approach. The following key findings were evident from the study of this case: conducting an institutional assessment prior to the presidential search was critical in clarifying organizational values and served as a basis upon which to develop a search process; it was valuable to have broad-based community constituent involvement in the presidential search process; due to the interdependent nature of culture and leadership, the ability of those involved the a presidential search process to articulate the core values constituting the culture contributed to the likelihood of selecting a president who matched the needs of the organization; and when selecting a search consultant it was important to choose one who understood the emerging organizational culture, values, and vision, and who fit the needs of the college at this early stage of development.
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