ERIC Number: ED181981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Chancellor, President, Superintendent, Provost, Vice-President, Dean, Director, or a "Chief Executive by Any Other Name".
Kaapke, Lyle D.
A summary of the information contained in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges' 1978 publication, "The Presidents," is made difficult by the plethora of terms used to identify chief executive officers and by statistical inconsistencies, which included information on only 890 of the 1,200 two-year college heads, presentation of tenure data for only two-thirds of the entries, and the lack of complete information for all entries. However, if one disregards the semantical confusion caused by the use of 28 discrete titles and accepts the assumption that what is presented is representative of college presidents in 1978, the following observations can be made: (1) while presidents ranged in age from 33 to 78 years, their average age was 52; (2) while the sex of some presidents could not be determined by their names, 29 (3%) were obviously women; (3) the highest degree title earned by the greatest number of presidents was the Doctor of Education (held by 46% of the presidents), followed by the Doctor of Philosophy (28.5%), the Master of Arts (11%), and the Master of Education (4%); (4) the length of tenure ranged from less than one year to 44 years and averaged 8.5 years; (5) the presidents were equally divided between those who headed institutions in the same state in which they earned their highest degree and those who did not. Age and tenure data are graphically illustrated in the report. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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