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ERIC Number: ED311747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8268-1307-1
The American College President: A Contemporary Profile.
Green, Madeline F.; And Others
A profile of the personal and educational backgrounds of college and university presidents is presented in order to provide a basis for future studies. Eight sections focus on: the study; personal characteristics about the presidents (sex, race and ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, and spouse's employment); academic background (highest degree and field of study); career paths (first and second positions before the presidency, institutional mobility, and length of tenure); presidents and the board; summary profile of women presidents (coeducational institutions and women's colleges); summary profile of black presidents (predominantly white institutions and historically or predominantly black institutions); and summary and conclusions (confirming the conventional wisdom and future studies). Highlights include the following: the typical college president was white, male, married, and 53 years old; the average president had served for nearly 7 years; most college presidents were married, but women presidents were far more likely than men to be divorced or never married; husbands of college presidents were twice as likely to be employed as wives; more than three quarters of all presidents held doctorate degrees; most presidents had substantial administrative experience; and most career movement occurred within the same type of institution. (SM)
National Presidents' Study, Center for Leadership Development, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036-1193 ($10.00 members; $12.50 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Development support provided by the AT&T Foundation.