Presidential Evaluation

A thorough and formal evaluation of the president provides an opportunity for the board to assess the contributions being made to the college by the president. The process helps both parties to establish a learning agenda around emerging issues and needs and strengthens the board/president relationship.

Boards are being asked to provide greater leadership in today's world. They are expected to work in partnership with the president:

  • develop and review college policies,
  • raise money,
  • approve long-range planning,
  • actively seek political and civic support for the college,
  • manage media communications,
  • preserve institutional autonomy, and
  • handle ever-increasing political demands.

Well-done evaluations provide a mechanism for the board to offer guidance and establish presidential goals and priorities.

ACCT’s role is to give encouragement and constructive and impartial advice to boards and presidents. We help the board design the evaluation and provide confidential staff support to the board and president. Our innovative process:

  • Guarantees confidentiality and integrity.
  • Coordinates a fair, impartial process of tabulating quantitative and qualitative data from trustees and the president.
  • Provides impartial and fair reporting.
  • Analyzes assessment data and identifies areas of strength and concern for the board and president.
  • Includes a summary report of findings presented to the board with our written recommendations and comments.
  • Sets the stage for strategic improvements and establishing performance goals.
  • Facilitates a customized board retreat to present the summary report.

Most importantly, ACCT provides the board and president an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue on how to close the "gaps" between expectations and performance, define a baseline for future assessment, and set a timeline for the next evaluation.


For more information:

Contact: Colleen Allen
Board Program Specialist
Office 202-775-6490 | Mobile 202-558-8682
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