Searches could yield unconventional picks due to larger-than-normal turnover in research university presidencies
- Sixteen of the Association of American Universities' 61 universities have hired or will hire new presidents or chancellors over the course of the last year, and an additional seven flagship public research universities, three Ivy League institutions, and Carnegie Mellon have all announced searches for new presidents and chancellors.
- Executive search consultants say that the challenges currently facing public universities combined with the larger than normal turnover outnumbering the candidates usually considered for these positions could lead to more unconventional choices at some institutions.
- An American Council on Education survey of college and university presidents last year showed the average tenure of university and college presidents decreasing from 8.5 years to 7 years between 2006 and 2011.
From the article:
If a university president skipped out on last year's and this year's meetings of the Association of American Universities, she might be forgiven for thinking she was in the wrong room when she showed back up at the association's meeting next year. Between last year and this year, 16 of the association's 61 universities have hired or will hire new presidents or chancellors, a dramatic shift in the leadership of the country's upper echelon of research universities. ...
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