Other Duties as Assigned Presidential Assistants in Higher Education

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-16
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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The position of presidential assistant is relatively new in the world of higher education and can still be a very hard-to-define occupation. In Other Duties as Assigned, veteran presidential assistants from all types of institutions describe the varied duties and responsibilities that they hold. The chapters span analyses of career paths, of gender, and of personal characteristics, as well as practical issues such as writing speeches, handling complaints, serving as the board secretary, and raising funds. The contributors have based their writing both on their experiences and on data from a national survey of the profession. This book is a seminal body of work that gives a comprehensive understanding of the many dimensions of presidential assistants, as well as providing practical advice about several key features of the role. As such, Other Duties as Assigned serves as a reference to existing presidential assistants as well as a guide to presidents contemplating the creation of such a position.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
From Whence They Came: Career Paths to the Presidential Assistant Positionp. 1
The Role of Gender in the Profession of Presidential Assistantp. 15
Qualities of a Presidential Assistantp. 23
Managing the President's Officep. 33
Managing the Life of the Presidentp. 45
Presidential Assistants and Institutional Advancementp. 53
Executive Speechwriting and Other Communicationsp. 61
Once Upon a Motion: A Board Secretary's Talep. 73
The Nasty Stuff in a PA's Life: Handling Complaintsp. 81
Presidential Assistants as Senior Administratorsp. 91
A Career as a Presidential Assistantp. 101
What Do Presidential Assistants Do Next?p. 115
Juggling Jell-O: Other Duties as Assignedp. 123
Afterwordp. 133
In the Grand Tradition of the Courtier: The Presidential Assistantp. 135
Address Delivered to the Second Annual Meeting of the National Association of Presidential Assistant in Higher Education, January 18, 1989p. 147
About the Contributorsp. 15
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