April 14, 2021

Want to Lead a Private College? Many Are Looking for a President

Full list of current presidential searches  News stories related to presidential searches  | Recent presidential appointments As 2018 draws to a close, the job market is hot – and that’s not just for your average worker.  The same applies to college presidencies, especially in private nonprofit higher education. As of December 2018, we had identified 42 presidential searches underway, and apparently not yet in their final stages.  The institutions range from household names like the University of Southern California to smaller, more specialized places like Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College. Where the Openings Are The current openings encompass most types of private colleges and universities, but almost three-quarters (30) are at baccalaureate and master’s institutions by Carnegie classification.  The others are split between six doctoral universities and four special-focus four-year institutions.  The one remaining outlier is Morris Brown College in Georgia, which is … [Read more...]

New Edition: Legacies from Legends in PR

I'm honored and delighted to be included in the newly-released second edition of Legacies from Legends in Public Relations, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).  In it, more than 40 senior public relations professionals share their insights and experiences as a guide for students entering the field.  A free download of the entire book is available on the website of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. Judy Phair … [Read more...]

In WSJ Crisis of the Week, Judy Phair Looks at NBC News Handling of Matt Lauer Firing

In a sexual harassment incident resulting in the firing of the Today show host, NBC News stepped off smartly in handling fallout from the story, but then seemed to lose its footing in subsequent statements and actions, Judy Phair says.  Her comments appear in the  Wall Street Journal's "Risk and Compliance Journal." … [Read more...]

Judy Phair Comments on Implications of Use of Snapchat in Admissions

In a recent Associated Press story, PhairAdvantage president Judy Phair commented on the growing use of Snapchat in admissions communications, as exemplified by the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. "Potential students used to look at costly printed materials while researching schools," she notes, but "now students don't start looking at those type of materials until they have a university in their sights.  I'm seeing more and more admissions offices, people in universities, public relations as well, looking for ways to use Snapchat because it is so popular," … [Read more...]