The purpose of this study was the examination of board president superintendent relations in the State of New Jersey. The focus of the research was to determine if significant differences existed between board president's expectations of their superintendents job performance at the time of candidacy and their perceptions of their job performance at the time of contract renewal. More specifically, the study focused on identifying key factors which positively or negatively influenced the relationship between board president's expectations at candidacy and their perceptions at contract renewal. Through the research conducted on these factors, the study sought to identify and develop decision making processes to improve the success rate of superintendent contract renewal. The population sample drew from school board presidents of those boards of education whose school districts completed(between 1999-2001)decisions on the contract renewal of their superintendents. The population also drew from board presidents of boards of education whose districts have experienced a superintendent change before the end of the three year cycle.