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Paths to the Presidency With shrinking candidate pools, retirements on the horizon, and new realities for institutions and their leaders, it’s time to broaden higher education’s idea of the best career path to get there. By Melissa Ezarik T WOULDN’T TAKE MUCH asking around to learn how one attains a goal of reaching the college presidency: teach, then get on the tenure track, become a department chair, and rise up the administrative ladder to chief academic officer. ose with the ambition (and energy left) to win an appointment are most likely to be white, age 60, and a married male, according to American Council on Education data on the typical president in 2006. “Search committees come up with their laundry list of experiences [they’re seeking in a president],” says Jacqueline King, assistant vice president of the Center for Policy Analysis at ACE. “ e way you can check those boxes is by coming up the traditional academic career route.” Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Take these two leaders, who started their posts in July 2008: I January 2010 | 47

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - March 2010

University Business - March 2010
Editor’s Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Sense of Place
Financial Aid
Human Resources
Money Matters
Community Colleges as Economic Saviors
Web Content Needs - Solved
Paths to the Presidency
What’s New
End Note

University Business - March 2010