Succession Planning in Higher
The Ups, Downs and Laterals of a
Director of Human Resources
Clayton State University
Departments are staffed at a
minimum level; everyone is
working both harder and
smarter. The budget is lean,
but things are covered.
Suddenly, you lose a key person
Let’s talk about succession planning
Colleges and universities have
tended to avoid succession
The traditional view of
“replacement planning is
incompatible with our
democratic and collegial
Not to mention…..
Our Affirmative Action Plans
Succession Planning at what level?
2006 Noel-Levitz National Student
Satisfaction and Priorities Report
•Teaching and Academic Advising
•Safety and Security
•Recruitment and Financial Aid
•Campus Life Activities
Succession Planning is…..
The strategic preparation of people to
facilitate continuity and effectiveness in
our organizational processes.
Top leadership involvement and commitment;
integration of succession planning with institution-
wide strategic planning;
analyzing job requirements;
assessing the competencies of candidates;
“stretching” job assignments into developmental
attention to minority and female succession
Career development is important
•Ability to apply knowledge to
•Publicize the details of the program
•Include an estimate of personal time
required to complete the program
•Require supervisor recommendation
Opportunities to demonstrate ability
Competencies and Performance Standards
• Work Study
• Veteran’s Benefits Human Resources
• Scholarships • Benefits
“Shadow” opportunities Less burden on the home
No distractions from
“home” Sharing best practices
No guarantees of promotion after program is
Instead, this is an opportunity to prepare for
the next available opportunity.
“Growing” an effective employee may result in his or
her departure for greener pastures.
This is not in conflict with the mission of higher
Being known as a good place for career
development can enhance recruiting efforts.
Retain your great employees by providing
them an opportunity for development
Make your good employees even better
Facilitate organizational success!