ERIC Number: ED465349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Presidential Revolving Door: Fact or Folklore?
Reed, Charlene K.
This study attempted to produce timely baseline data on the turnover of college presidents and their tenure, using personal, processional, and institutional characteristics. The tenure and turnover of 151 presidents appointed to public four-year institutions between 1987 and 1990 were studied. This population represented 86.8% of all new presidents appointed in that period, as identified by the annual survey of the American Council on Education. Personal, professional, and institutional data were collected using a mail survey developed for the study and other data sources. The most important single finding was that no significant differences were observed in the tenures and turnover of women and minority presidents. Overall, the research findings present a remarkably stable picture of presidential tenure in public four-year institutions. The average tenure for this sample was 8.54 years, compared with 6.8 years for all public institution presidents in 1998. Further evidence of stability was found in the survival rate and the low incidence of short-term presidencies. Only 22% served less than 6 years. While this study assessed the longevity of presidents, findings cannot be construed to reflect on their effectiveness or quality of life in the presidential role. (Contains 7 tables and 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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