Survey Results

Presidential Search Survey Results

On March 6, 2014, Michael Kennedy, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, asked all members of the Rider community to participate in an online survey to help identify the priorities, traits, experiences and characteristics of our next President. He encouraged Trustees, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni to respond to the survey by March 28. Nearly 900 people responded as follows:

Identify the top 5 most important opportunities for the next President of Rider University. 

All Responses (893)  Response Percent  Response Count 
Strengthen the University's financial sustainability  56.6%  466 
Ensure the affordability of Rider for current and prospective students  49.2%  405 
Foster an environment of optimism, creativity and innovation  45.9%  378 
Ensure a student-centered and intellectually vibrant environment  45.8%  377 
Enhance the academic profile and reputation  43.4%  358 
Recruit and retain a highly qualified, diverse faculty  33.9%  279 
Engage students fully in the life of the institution  26.7%  220 
Lead the strategic vision  26.3%  217 
Enhance fundraising  24.6%  203 
Build a strong, collaborative leadership team  21.7%  179 
Build relationships with faculty and staff  21.6%  178 
Engage alumni  19.9%  164 
Improve communication and transparency  18.0%  148 
Support a strong co-curricular and service learning model to enhance the student experience at Rider University  15.3%  126 
Engage with a broad range of people and build strong relationships, particularly in a collective bargaining environment  12.0%  99 
Develop minority recruitment strategies  6.9%  57 
Serve as a liaison between the Board and faculty/staff  5.1%  42 
Strengthen town-gown relations  3.5%  29 
Answered question  824 
Skipped question  69 

 

Identify 5 traits or skills that the incoming President must possess.

All Responses (893)  Response Percent  Response Count 
Aspires to constantly improve the University's reputation and rankings  51.6%  415 
Impeccable integrity  49.7%  400 
Intrinsically collaborative style of leadership  45.3%  365 
Ability to communicate with all constituencies  45.0%  362 
Understands the values and culture of Rider University  43.6%  351 
Articulates a clear vision  43.5%  350 
Strong fundraising track record or potential  40.6%  327 
Knowledge of student affairs  31.2%  251 
Strong academic credentials, including research and teaching  27.1%  218 
Strong political savvy with an ability to negotiate and build consensus, particular in a collective bargaining environment  25.0%  201 
Entrepreneurial spirit  24.3%  196 
Knowledge of complex budget  23.6%  190 
Global perspective  19.3%  155 
Answered question  805 
Skipped question  88

 

What are the 5 most important prior experiences for the incoming President.

All Responses (893)  Response Percent  Response Count 
Record of supporting and building strong faculty and staff  49.7%  391 
Experience leading an institution through times of change  46.3%  364 
Fiscal and budget acumen  41.9%  329 
Executed strategic planning efforts  37.5%  295 
Demonstrated record of building strong relationships with students  35.1%  276 
Successful administrative role in a private university  34.0%  267 
Established record of fundraising  32.8%  258 
Record of supporting the arts  22.8%  179 
Recruitment and enrollment management strategies  22.1%  174 
Successful interactions with alumni  19.6%  154 
Experience with professional, graduate and online education  17.7%  139 
Experience in infrastructure enhancements  15.8%  124 
Experience in the liberal arts  15.5%  122 
Background in business and/or government  13.1%  103 
Experience with multiple campuses  13.0%  102 
Collective bargaining knowledge  12.3%  97 
Experience with Division I athletics  11.8%  93 
Demonstrated record of enhancing diversity  11.7%  92 
Experience with political and government relations  9.5%  75 
Successful interactions with governing and advisory boards  9.3%  73 

Answered question/Skipped questions  786/107