July 21, 2019

Year-end Review: The New Private College Presidents of 2018

(Full list of all new presidents) In this year-end wrap-up, we’ve identified 96 private college and university presidents taking office in 2018, plus another 35 appointed as interim presidents. The institutions they head range from the highly visible (Harvard) to the more specialized (the New England College of Optometry).  Of the 131, more than two-thirds took office between June and September, so have just completed their first semester as presidents.  The outliers mainly assumed the presidency earlier in 2018. Demographics Demographically, the Class of 2018 presidents follow some past patterns, but also hint at shifts in private college leadership.  The numbers also are testimony to the difficulty in increasing the proportion of private college presidencies held by women and minorities.  (For comparisons to past years, we’ve relied on the American Council of Education’s American College Presidents Study, 2017, which uses data from 2016.) Gender tracks … [Read more...]

Most Recent Presidential Appointments at Private Colleges & Universities

Note:  This page is no longer being maintained on the PhairAdvantage website.  For a current list of private college presidential searches and appointments, go to www.privatesey.com.  3/5/19 - MacMurray College (IL) Interim MacMurray President Dr. Mark Tierno to retire, Dr. Beverly Rodgers named interim president 3/3/19 - Morris Brown University (GA) Interim Troubled Morris Brown College hires former 100 Black Men CEO Kevin James as interim president 3/2/19 - Wilkes University (PA) Interim New acting president at Wilkes 2/26/19 - Clarke University (IA) Thom D. Chesney Named 16th President of Clarke University 2/18/19 - Goldey Beacom College (DE) Keith named 14th president of Goldey-Beacom College 2/18/19 - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (TX) Greenway nominated to lead Southwestern Seminary 2/14/19 - Pepperdine University (CA) James A. Gash Named Eighth President and CEO of Pepperdine University 2/13/19 - Earlham College (IN) Earlham College Chooses First … [Read more...]

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...]

Southwest Airlines’ Crisis Communications: Overall, a Good Job

When an engine broke apart killing a passenger April 17, Southwest faced the nightmare of all airlines.  Commenting for The Wall Street Journal's "Risk & Compliance Journal," Judy Phair observes that Southwest had years of customer good will in the bank, and that caring approach helped with public acceptance of its statements and explanations. … [Read more...]