Most Private-College Presidents Are Happy in Their Roles, Report Says

Nearly all presidents of institutions in the Council of Independent Colleges are happy in their roles, even as almost half of them plan to leave their posts in the next five years, according to a new report. The report, which drew on data from the American Council on Education’s 2011 American College President Study, says that the proportion of CIC presidents who called themselves very satisfied in their jobs, at 86 percent, is higher than the rate for presidents of public institutions. Despite that high level of contentment, the report says many presidents agreed they faced common challenges: their relationship with faculty members and professors’ resistance to change.

The report also notes that “there is reason to be concerned about a high rate of turnover in the presidencies of CIC-member colleges and universities,” since the average tenure of a CIC president has fallen to 7.1 years from 8.5 years over the past five years. The report concludes that it is critical for colleges to prepare future leaders to assume the presidency: “With nearly half of CIC presidents planning to leave their posts in the next five years, the pipeline must expand rapidly,” the report says.

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