ERIC Number: ED311747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Blacks, Career Development, College Administration, College Presidents, Cultural Background, Demography, Educational Background, Females, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Individual Development, Leadership, Minority Groups, Socioeconomic Background
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
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Development support provided by the AT&T Foundation.