April 18, 2024

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...]

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...]