Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The job nobody can seem to keep: college president - Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

In the past year, there have been several high-profile resignations or firings: R. Bowen Loftin at the University of Missouri, Tom Rochon at Ithaca College, Simon Newman at Mount St. Mary’s, Phyllis Wise at the University of Illinois, to name just a few. And like Theobald, many of them didn’t last very long in their jobs. What also makes these departures problematic is that the traditional pipeline to the presidency is running dry. Just 30 percent of sitting provosts want to become presidents, according to the American Council on Education. And this finding comes just when many presidents are expected to retire. The average age of college presidents is 61 (compared with 56 for the typical corporate CEO). Nearly six in 10 presidents are 61 or older, a proportion that has grown in recent years. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/07/15/the-job-nobody-can-seem-to-keep-college-president/

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