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Why I Am Heading Up Gold Hill Associates

Why am I doing this is question that I have been asked the last several years as I transition from serving as the President of Portland Community College to doing community college presidential searches. Since 1972 I have served in various faculty and management roles in five different community colleges. Consequentially, I have been involved in many professional recruitment efforts, served on many search committees, and hired hundreds of community college professionals including faculty and management. I have concluded that these processes are often flawed and all too often result in failed searches or poor hires. Therefore I decided three years ago to do search work and attempt to implement and assist in more successful searches.
Coached By Dr. Bob Barringer
I had the great fortune to work the last three years with Dr. Bob Barringer, the founder of Gold Hill Associates, a twenty five year old search firm specializing in community college presidential searches. I have been coached by Dr. Barringer to work very hard to provide for our clients an open participatory search process.  This is accomplished by making sure that we proactively involve internal and external constituencies in creating the search profile and reviewing applicants.
Candidate Recruitment is Often Overlooked
We also believe that the recruiting of candidates is one of the most overlooked aspects of a search. We know that often the most qualified candidates have to be personally recruited. They frequently will not respond to postings and advertisements. Therefore we make every effort to personally contact individuals who have been very successful and effective leaders in their past or current professional positions. ¬†Finally we also personally execute formal and informal reference checks thoroughly meanwhile sharing all our findings with the college`s board of directors […]

By |July 12th, 2013|From the President|0 Comments