College presidents are still mostly White and male

BY BILL SCHACKNER
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/
TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

PITTSBURGH – How White and male is the college presidency in America these days?
Pretty White and male, but a study done every five years and being released Tuesday by the American Council on Education says there also are signs of increasing diversity.

On average, the typical campus leader remains a White male in his early 60s, according to ACE. He has a doctoral degree and has held office for about seven years.

Some change
The share of presidents who are minorities is up, though. They comprise 17 percent as of 2016, up from 13 percent in 2011, the last time the survey was conduced.

Thirty percent of those jobs are held by women. In 2011, it was 26 percent.

Want to get to the top?

Coaching offers big bucks and plenty of TV exposure, but a better route to the presidency remains through academic affairs, according to the Washington-based organization’s study. More than four in 10 college presidents — 43 percent to be precise — have previously held a job in that position, the study found.

The American College President is considered the most comprehensive look at the campus presidency. It is based on responses from 1,500 college and university presidents.

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