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Developing Leaders: The Role of Competencies in Rural Community Colleges
Community College Review
  • Pamela L Eddy, College of William & Mary
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Pending retirements underscore the need to develop community college campus leaders. Rural community colleges will be particularly hard-hit by changes in leadership as they represent the majority of 2-year colleges and face unique challenges given their location. To help address the anticipated leadership transition, the American Association of Community Colleges developed a set of competencies to frame critical skill areas and guide leadership development efforts. The research reported here showed both resource development and organizational strategy as areas of weakness for rural leaders and, paradoxically, the areas of most need. Leaders acquired competencies predominantly on the job, which has implications in planning development of future leaders.


  • presidents; chief academic officers; rural community colleges; leadership competencies; leadership development
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Pamela L Eddy. "Developing Leaders: The Role of Competencies in Rural Community Colleges" Community College Review Vol. 41 Iss. 1 (2013) p. 20 - 43
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