Exploring the Legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): A Comprehensive Overview

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a term used to refer to institutions of higher education founded primarily for African Americans’ education, are pillars of education, resilience, and empowerment within the landscape of American higher education.


Since their inception, these institutions have played a vital role in providing educational opportunities for African American students, combating systemic barriers, and fostering academic excellence.


Today, HBCUs continue to make significant contributions to American society, enriching the fabric of higher education with their academic excellence and unique culture and heritage.

Overview of HBCUs

At the heart of the HBCU legacy lies a commitment to equality, access, and excellence in education. These institutions were founded with the mission of providing African American students with the opportunity to pursue higher education at a time when segregation and discrimination barred them from attending predominantly white institutions.


To that end, the nation’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, opened in 1837—yes, even before the American Civil War. HBCUs were initially opened to allow African Americans to become specific roles like teachers, ministers, and tradesmen.


Today, our Higher Education Directory lists 105 HBCUs, each with a rich history, distinct characteristics , and unique degree offerings. Let’s explore some of these HBCUs and the higher education landscape that surrounds them.

Exploring the HBCU Landscape

There is a diverse landscape of HBCUs across the United States. From Alabama and Georgia to Texas and Maryland, these institutions span the country and offer a range of degree programs and academic opportunities.


Of the 105 HBCUs in our database, 40 offer degrees up to Doctorates, while 28 offer only up to a Master’s degree. This is a far advancement from the educational opportunities that were offered at the conception of these Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Maryland has three state-funded institutions that rank among the top 20 HBCUs for 2024, according to US News. Those schools are Bowie State University, which enrolls 6,275 students; Morgan State University, which enrolls 9,101 students; and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, which enrolls 2,518 students. All three of these institutions offer Doctorate-level degrees for their students.


Of those top 20 HBCUs, Georgia has 2 colleges that rank among them, with a third, Clark University, falling in at 21. Those Georgian Institutions include Clark Atlanta University, a private Methodist research university with around 4,000 enrollment. The degree offerings at this university include a Doctorate. Ranked #1 on the list for 2024 is Spelman College, an independent non-profit institution that offers Baccalaureate degree opportunities. This institution enrolls around 3,102 students. Morehouse College, which also offers Baccalaureate degrees and is an independent, non-profit institution, sees around 2,567 students enrolled.


You can find all this information and more within our HigherEd Direct Database.


Notable HBCUs:

While all HBCUs have significantly contributed to higher education and society, some institutions stand out for their historical significance, unique programs, or notable alumni. From Howard University in Washington, D.C., to Morehouse College in Georgia, they have left an indelible mark on American history and culture.


  1. Howard University (Washington, D.C.): Founded in 1867, Howard University is one of the most prestigious HBCUs in the country. It offers various undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs and is renowned for its esteemed faculty and groundbreaking research. Howard University has produced numerous trailblazers in various fields, including politics, law, medicine, and the arts. Notable alumni include Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Kamala Harris, the first female Vice President of the United States.
  2. Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia): Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private, liberal arts institution for women and is consistently ranked among the top HBCUs in the nation. Spelman is renowned for its strong emphasis on social justice, community service, and academic excellence. The college has a distinguished history of producing leaders in various fields, including activism, academia, and the arts. Notable alumni include Stacey Abrams, Alice Walker, and Rosalind Brewer, the former CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
  3. Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama): Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is a leading research institution known for its pioneering work in agricultural science, aviation, and engineering. It gained international recognition for the groundbreaking research conducted by its founder, Dr. George Washington Carver. Tuskegee has a long-standing tradition of producing trailblazers in fields such as medicine, education, and the military. Notable alumni include Ralph Ellison, Lionel Richie, and General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Air Force.


These HBCUs represent just a fraction of the remarkable institutions that have made significant contributions to American higher education and society as a whole. Their impact transcends their campuses, shaping the lives and careers of countless individuals and leaving an enduring legacy of excellence, empowerment, and social justice.

The Impact of HBCUs:

The impact of HBCUs extends far beyond the walls of their campuses. These institutions have produced generations of leaders, professionals, and scholars who have made significant contributions to their fields and communities. Here’s a closer look at just some of HBCUs’ impacts on American society:


  1. Academic Excellence: HBCUs have a long-standing commitment to academic excellence despite facing challenges such as limited funding and resources. These institutions have consistently produced high-achieving graduates who excel in their chosen fields. HBCUs are known for providing a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters intellectual growth, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion: HBCUs have been at the forefront of promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education. These institutions welcome students from diverse backgrounds and provide inclusive environments where students feel valued, respected, and supported. HBCUs celebrate cultural diversity and encourage students to embrace their heritage while fostering a sense of unity and solidarity among all campus community members.
  3. Social Mobility: HBCUs have provided pathways for social mobility for generations of African American students. Many HBCUs serve students from low-income backgrounds and first-generation college students, offering them opportunities for upward mobility and economic advancement. These institutions provide access to higher education for students who may not have had the opportunity to attend college otherwise, helping to close the opportunity gap and promote social equity.


Overall, HBCUs’ impact extends far beyond their campuses, shaping the lives of individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole. Despite underfunding and accreditation issues, HBCUs have demonstrated unwavering resilience, remaining steadfast in their mission to provide a high-quality education to all students. These institutions embody the values of excellence, resilience, and empowerment, and their contributions to American higher education are invaluable.

The Closure of HBCUs

Unfortunately, the journey of some HBCUs has come to an end. Since the publication of the HigherEd Direct, seven HBCUs have closed their doors. Each closure, such as Morristown College in Tennessee being acquired by Knoxville College in 1989, represents a loss for the community and the broader landscape of higher education. Click here to view additional data surrounding HBCU closures, their location, their accreditation, and the reasons for closing.

The Importance of HBCUs

In conclusion, the legacy of HBCUs is one of resilience, excellence, and empowerment. These institutions have played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of America and continue to be beacons of hope for future generations. As we reflect on their contributions, let us celebrate the rich heritage of HBCUs.

Community Colleges Offering Baccalaureate Degrees: A Pathway to Accessible Higher Education

In 2005, Florida pioneered a transformative initiative in higher education by introducing Community Colleges Baccalaureate (CCB) degrees. This innovative approach addressed the growing demand for affordable four-year degree options, particularly among underserved communities.

Today, CCB programs have expanded beyond Florida’s borders, making higher education more accessible across the United States.

Origins of CCB Programs

Florida’s groundbreaking move to offer baccalaureate degrees through community colleges marked a significant shift in the higher education landscape.

By extending their academic offerings to include four-year programs, community colleges opened doors for students who may have otherwise faced barriers to obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Inspired by Florida’s success, California and Texas followed suit, recognizing the potential of CCB programs to meet their communities’ diverse needs.

Growth of CCB Programs Across the United States

Since 2005, the concept of CCB programs has gained momentum, with 23 states now offering these innovative pathways to higher education. According to Higher Education Publications (HEP) data, the proliferation of CCB programs reflects a growing demand for accessible and affordable higher education options.

According to our data, community colleges have emerged as key players in addressing the evolving needs of the workforce while fostering educational equity and inclusivity, with almost 15% of Community Colleges offering CCB degrees.


State 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
CCB Count CCB Count CCB Count CCB Count CCB Count CCB Count
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 9
California 12 13 13 14 14 15
Colorado 6 9 9 9 10 12
Delaware 1 1 1 1 1 4
Florida 19 19 19 19 20 20
Georgia 4 4 4 4 4 4
Hawaii 1 1 1 1 1 1
Idaho 0 0 1 1 1 1
Indiana 1 1 1 1 1 1
Massachusetts 0 0 0 0 0 1
Michigan 6 6 6 6 6 6
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 1
Missouri 0 0 0 0 0 2
North Carolina 1 1 1 1 1 1
North Dakota 1 1 1 1 1 1
New Mexico 1 1 1 1 1 1
Nevada 2 2 2 2 2 2
Ohio 12 14 15 15 17 21
Oklahoma 1 1 1 1 1 1
South Carolina 0 1 1 1 1 1
South Dakota 0 0 0 0 1 1
Texas 5 9 18 23 26 29
Utah 1 1 1 1 1 1
Washington 24 25 28 28 29 29
Wyoming 0 0 1 3 3 3
98 110 125 133 143 168
Total Community Colleges 1,172 1,149 1,141 1,139 1,130 1,123
Percent CCB Schools 8.36% 9.57% 10.96% 11.68% 12.65% 14.96%

Impact on Access and Attainment:

CCB programs have had a profound impact on access to higher education, particularly for underrepresented groups such as low-income students, first-generation college students, and working adults. By providing flexible scheduling, lower tuition costs, and localized educational opportunities, CCB programs have empowered individuals to pursue their academic and career goals. Moreover, these programs have increased baccalaureate attainment rates, bridging the gap for students in states where traditional four-year institutions may be geographically or financially out of reach.

Challenges and Opportunities:

Despite their success, CCB programs face challenges such as accreditation issues, funding constraints, and potential resistance from traditional four-year institutions. However, there are opportunities for further growth and improvement.

Collaboration between community colleges and universities, expansion of program offerings to meet evolving workforce demands, and increased financial support from state and federal governments can enhance the sustainability and effectiveness of CCB programs.


The evolution of CCB programs from their inception in Florida to their expansion across 23 states underscores their importance as a pathway to accessible and equitable higher education. Community colleges are vital in increasing baccalaureate attainment and promoting social mobility by providing affordable and flexible four-year degree options.

As we look to the future, continued support and investment in CCB programs are essential to ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations and contribute to a more inclusive society.

The Shifting Landscape of Higher Ed: Understanding The Rise in Non-Profit College Closures

New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. shows a steady increase in the number of two and four-year non-profit universities being forced to close. Several key factors have contributed to the increase of non-profits closures such as financial challenges, declining enrollment, perceived ROI, and increased competition.  


According to Higher Education Publications data, since 2004, approximately approximately 221 non-profit colleges and universities have been shut down. Our split analysis shows a significant uptick of closures since 2014, especially with private, liberal arts colleges. In the period between 2004 and 2013, only 33 private four-year universities closed.  From 2014 until 2023, the number of closings skyrocketed to 143, which averages 15 closings per year. 


Previously for-profit closures such as ITT Tech and Corinthian colleges made up the bulk of institutional closings. However, since 2020, the numbers dropped heavily, after ACICS (Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges) — a for-profit’s main accreditor — was shut down by the US Department of Education.


To add, finances have always been challenging in higher education. The most common expenditures of colleges and universities include facilities maintenance, administrator/faculty pay, technology/research funding, and financial aid. Certainly, each school’s budget is unique, however additional costs have taken a toll on non-profits.   


Colleges and universities with larger endowments and recognition are in a different position than smaller, less competitive schools. “For brand-name colleges, the demand is off the charts,” says Hafeez Lakani founder and president of Lahaina Coaching in New York. “It has never been harder to get in.”  On the other hand, private colleges that are less prestigious (but equally expensive) are struggling to attract applicants, he said. “The majority of people are going to say, ‘Is that worth my while.” 


As technology has advanced, the higher education landscape has become more competitive with an increase in online learning platforms and alternative education options. Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of adult learners and non-traditional students who seek flexible learning options. Certain non-profit universities, which often have more rigid structures and traditional classroom-based approaches, have struggled to adapt to this evolving demand.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

As a result, many institutions have lost out on non-traditional enrollments and faced difficulties sustaining operations. On the other hand, the numbers show certain universities have been able to successfully pivot in providing online degree programs. According to edsmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, the top ten best non-profit online accredited universities for 2023 include: Johns Hopkins University, Florida State University, Purdue University, University of Delaware, Georgetown University, Villanova University, Arizona State University, George Mason University, and New York University.   


Shifting demographics have also played a role in declining enrollment. Falling birth rates have resulted in a smaller pool of college-age students, making it difficult for non-profit universities to maintain enrollment levels. According to Robert Franek, editor in chief of the Princeton Review, “We’ll be graduating our lowest high school classes by 2025.  most enrollment professionals have been wringing their hands about this date of 2025, but many schools have seen those enrollment declines already.” Moreover, for the young adults who were affected by Covid during their secondary school years, many are foregoing college for work. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, there was an 8% enrollment drop from 2019 to 2022. According to a recent Forbes article, “If I would have gone to college after school, I would be dead broke, says 19-year-old Daniel Moody. “There were a lot of us with the pandemic, we had a do-it-yourself kind of attitude of like, ‘Oh, I can figure this out,” he said. “Why do I want to put in all the money for a piece of paper that isn’t going to help me with what I’m doing right now?” 


Unfortunately for the young adults who opt out of attending college, their lifelong earning potential is significantly less than their peers with college degrees. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce notes that for those individuals who opt out of attending college, their earning potential is 75% less than those with bachelor’s degree.  


The increasing closure of non-profit universities can be attributed to a combination of financial challenges, declining enrollment, changing demographics, and increased competition. Said factors have collectively placed significant pressure on non-profit institutions, forcing many to shutter their doors. As the higher education landscape continues to evolve, it is imperative for non-profit universities to adapt and innovate to remain relevant and sustainable for the future. 


College President's Data

College President’s Report – Spring 2023



Pitt Announces New Chancellor

Joan Gabel, current president of the University of Minnesota System, has been named the next president of the University of Pittsburgh. She will become the school’s 19th and first female chancellor this July.

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Liberty University Appoints New President

Major General Dondi Costin has been appointed the next leader of Liberty University. He will replace Jerry Prevo as the institution’s sixth president.

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New Acting President Named at Temple University

Trustees at Temple University have named JoAnne Epps as the school’s new acting president. Epps has been at the University for the past 30 years, including Dean of Temple Law School

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NYU Announces First Female President

Dr. Linda G. Mills will become the first woman president of New York University. Mills has served the school in various roles for the past 24 years. She will begin on July 1st.

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Wilberforce University Announces Presidential Appointment

Dr. Vann Newkirk has been appointed the next president of Wilberforce University. He will begin his tenure at the nation’s oldest and private HBCU in July.

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Barnard College Names Next President

Laura A. Rosenbury has been approved to become the next president at Barnard College. She previously served as Dean of the University of Florida’s law school and will begin this fall.

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Albion College Announces Next President

Current interim president of the College of Wooster, Wayne Webster, has been announced as Albion College’s 18th President. He will begin on July 1st.

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New President at Prince George CC

Prince George’s CC has announced its next president. Chanelle Walker will take over immediately. She previously served as VP for equity, culture and talent at the school.

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Mount Holyoke Announces Next Leader

Mount Holyoke College has selected its next president, Danielle Ren Holley. Holley will begin her tenure on July 1st, 2023. She will become the school’s 20th president.

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Drew University Appoints Next President

Dr. Hilary Link has been announced as the next president at Drew University. She previously served as president of Allegheny College and will begin on July 1st.

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Rasmussen U Announces New President

John Lock will become the next leader of Rasmussen University. He will begin on April 17th and currently serves as the chief digital transformation officer at MedStar Health.

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New President Announced at Bates

Bates College as selected Garry W. Jenkins to become the school’s next leader. Jenkins currently serves as the dean at the University of Minnesota’s Law School. He will begin his role on July 1st.

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Florida Announces New President

Former R. Senator Ben Sasse has been appointed the next president at the University of Florida. He began on February 6th.

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Presidential Appointment Announced at St. Norbert

Laurie M. Joyner has been named the next president at St. Norbert college. She will become the schools ninth president and first woman to lead the university. Joyner will begin her tenure on July 12th.

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Mount Union Names New President

Gregory L King has been appointed the next president at the University of Mount Union. King will become the school’s 14th president on March 1st.

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St. Cloud Technical Appoints President

Lori Kloos has been appointed by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees to become St. Cloud Technical & Community College’s next leader. She has been serving as interim president since July 2022.

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SUNY Potsdam Names Next President

Dr. Suzanne Smith has been appointed the new president of SUNY Potsdam. She will begin her role as president on April 17th, 2023

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Temple President Resigns

Jason Wingard has submitted his resignation at Temple University. Wingard faced a turbulent semester at Temple with a graduate student worker strike and a fatal shooting of a campus police officer.

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Vermont State President to Step Down

The board of trustees at Vermont State has voted to accepw President Parwinder Grewal’s resignation. Grewal faced backlash over his initiative to cut the Vermont State College System’s budget.

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Prairie View A&M President to Resign

President Ruth Simmons has announced she will resign from Prairie View A&M at the end of February. She had initially said she would leave on June 1st.

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Illinois State President Resigning

Terri Goss Kinzy has announced her intention to step down early from leading Illinois State University. No reason for the departure has been given. Aondover Tarhule is to become interim president.

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Saint Michael’s President to Retire

Lorraine Sterritt has announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2022-23 school year. She has served has president of Saint Michael’s since 2018.

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University of Hartford President Retiring

President Gregory Woodward has announced his retirement from the University of Hartford. He will officially step down in June.

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Otero College President to Retier

Dr. Timothy Alvarez will retire as president from Otero College on August 11th. He has served the college for the past five years.

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College Administrator Data/Turnover Rates Through 2022

New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates the turnover of college administrators during The Great Resignation in fact, is not so “great.” Our data shows that higher education administrators are not leaving in any remarkable numbers, with overall turnover trending slightly lower when compared to pre-pandemic/great resignation levels.

Analysis of our HEP Directory Data Extracts tracked administrators at accredited colleges and universities in two-year increments from 2013 through January of 2022. The higher education database consists of over 90,000 self-reported administrators; ranging from presidents to directors of alumni through deans in academic sectors (such as business, humanities, and law).

When looking at job changes in the college administrator database, we found total administrator turnover has fallen to 19.1% in the last two years. Down from a 20.7% high during the 2015-2017 semesters (see charts below).

All Administrators
 Years Total Changed % Change
2013-2015 91,736 18,898 20.60%
2015-2017 91,822 20,364 22.18%
2017-2019 90,427 19,373 21.42%
2019-2021 90,466 17,558 19.41%

We additionally targeted higher-level positions for the same semesters. Administrators specifically analyzed were presidents, provosts, chief financial officers, chief of operations/administration, advancement/development directors, chief technology officers, chief HR officers and chief student affairs officers.

Though the data shows that presidential turnover is slightly elevated, it has yet to reach the highest rates seen in 2013-2015 and 2015-2017. We found that presidents and chancellors have changed at a rate of 23.5% in the last two years, up from a 20% low in the 2017-2019 (see chart). The previous four years of 2013-2017 averaged a higher 24.6% turnover overall.

Presidents and Chancellors
Years Total Changed % Change
2013-2015 3,755 888 23.65%
2015-2017 3,705 926 24.99%
2017-2019 3,611 720 19.94%
2019-2021 3,362 746 22.19%

Provost, admissions directors and directors of development data followed the same trend with turnover ticking up slightly in the last two years.

Provosts trended up from 29.9% in 2017-2019, to 31% in 2019-2022, and admissions directors from 19.5% to 21.1 % (see charts). Likewise, the highest turnover was seen in the 2013-2015 semesters.

Years Total Changed % Change
2013-2015 3,812 1,239 32.50%
2015-2017 3,979 1,220 30.66%
2017-2019 3,926 1,174 29.90%
2019-2021 3,750 1,162 30.99%
Directors of Admissions
Years Total Changed % Change
2013-2015 2,778 697 25.09%
2015-2017 2,830 663 23.43%
2017-2019 2,730 532 19.49%
2019-2021 2,482 524 21.11%

Development Directors did show an increased turnover rate, up to 15.8% from the previous low of 12.9% in 2017-2019.

Directors of Development
Years Total Adjusted % Change
2013-2015 2,328 569 24.44%
2015-2017 2,306 327 14.18%
2017-2019 1,450 187 12.90%
2019-2021 1,083 171 15.79%

Of the specifically selected positions, one showed a discernable decrease in turnover during the covid/resignation years. Chief of Administration/Operations rates fell to 12.9%, down from 14.9% in the 2017-2019 semesters (see chart).

Chief of Administration/Directors of Operations
Years Total Changed % Change
2013-2015 1,107 151 13.64%
2015-2017 1,010 163 16.14%
2017-2019 1,007 151 15.00%
2019-2021 1,014 131 12.92%

The other four specifically tracked positions remained consistent with a turnover of 1% or less. (Chief information technology officers, chief HR, and chief student affairs officer turnover increased < 1%, CFOs decreased 1%.


In this case, our college administrator data suggests relative stability despite the challenges Covid-19 has delivered. When solely looking at the numbers, overall administrator change is down. Any positions that have increased in turnover are only slightly elevated. Though slowly trending higher, they have yet to reach the height of previous years (2013-15, 2015-17).

However, managing a higher education institution is never easy. Administrator turnover impacts student recruiting, marketing, and retention opportunities. The pandemic has exacerbated already-existing financial woes for many institutions and added a slew of public health concerns – keeping colleges under the national microscope. Additionally, a change in college demographics has shifted student bodies away from the common 18- to 24-year-old traditionally enrolled, increasing higher education’s need for robust financial aid and flexible academic programs.


In the long term, many believe this will force a transition to more adaptive leadership styles, allowing navigation through modern challenges. At this moment, however, we have yet to see the substantial number of administrator resignations and new hirings many have forecasted.



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President's Report

College Presidents Report February/March 2022



The Next President of the University of Wisconsin System Selected

Jay Rothman will become the next president of the UW System in June. He will replace President Tommy Thompson who steps down in March.

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Moore College of Art and Design Names Next President

Cathy Young, currently executive director and SVP of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, will be the new president at Moore College of Art and Design. Young will succeed current President Cecelia Fitzgibbon in July 2022.

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Eastern Washington University Selects New President

Provost and VP for academic affairs at California State University at San Bernardino Dr. Shari McMahan will be Eastern Washington’s next president. She will replace interim president David May this summer.

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New President Appointed at Oklahoma City Community College

Dr. Mautra Jones will be the next president of Oklahoma City CC. She is presently the VP of institutional advancement and external affairs at Langston University.

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Lake-Sumter State College Names Next President

Dr. Heather Bigard will become Lake-Sumter’s next president in July. She will succeed Dr. Stan Sidor who retires at the end of June.

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Midwestern State University Appoints 12th President

Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek will be Midwestern’s next president. She is currently vice president for academic affairs at Washburn University.

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New President Named at Canisius College

Canisius College Board of Directors has chosen Dr. Steve Stoute as its 25th president. Stoute, currently a VP at DePaul University, will begin in his new position in July 2022.

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Rockhurst University Selects Next President

Rockhurst University has named Sandra Cassady as their 15th president. Cassady will be the university’s first female and first lay president.

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New President Named at Santa Clara University

Dr. Julie H. Sullivan has been chosen as Santa Clara’s next president. Sullivan currently serves as president of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

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Dickinson College Appoints 30th President

John E. Jones III, currently Dickinson’s interim president, has been appointed president on a permanent basis. Jones has been the interim president since June 2021.

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Interim President at Harris-Stowe University Selected as Next President

Harris-Stowe University has selected its Interim President Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith as the new president. Collins Smith succeeds Dr. Cory Bradford who accepted a position at a research university.

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Cazenovia College Announces New President

Dr. David Bergh, currently interim president at Cazenovia, has been named the 30th president. He succeeds Dr. Ron Chesbrough who retired in January 2022.

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New President Selected by Ithaca College

Ithaca College Appoints Dr. La Jerne Terry Cornish president. She has been serving as interim president since August 2021.

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St. Bonaventure University Names Future President

Dr. Jeff Gingerich has been named president at St. Bonaventure. He currently serves as provost and VP of academic affairs at the University of Scranton.

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Kennesaw State University Chooses Next President

Interim President Dr. Kathy Schwaig has been appointed Kennesaw’s next president. She previously served as provost and SVP for academic affairs at Kennesaw.

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Randolph College Appoints New President

Randolph College appoints Sue Ott Rowlands as president. She will replace President Bradley Bateman who retires in June.

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Western University of Health Sciences Announces New President

Dr. Robin Farias-Eisner has been selected as WesternU’s president. Eisner was previously chief academic officer in the School of Medicine at Creighton University.

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Interim President Named at Saint Cloud Technical & Community College

Saint Cloud Tech & CC names VP/CFO Lori Kloos interim president. She replaces President Annesa Cheek who has accepted a position at Frederick Community College.

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Western Nevada College Appoints Interim President

Western Nevada College appointed Dr. J. Kyle Dalpe as interim president effective March 2022 Currently Dalpe serves as provost/VP of finance there.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Names 10th President

Toyin Tofade will be Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ next president.  She begins her term in July 2022.

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New President Selected for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College in Minnesota

Bemidji State U and Northwest Tech College will share a new president – Dr. John Hoffman. Hoffman is currently VC for academic/student affairs at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

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Ursinus College Announces New President

Robyn Hannigan will be Ursinus College’s new president. Hannigan comes from Clarkson University where she serves as provost.

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The State Board for Community Colleges Selects the next Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges

The next chancellor of Virginia’s CCs will be Russell A. Kavalhuna. Kavalhuna is currently president of Henry Ford College in MI.

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Saint Martin’s University Appoints New President

Saint Martin’s appoints Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke as its next president. Bonds-Raacke is currently the provost and VP for academic affairs at St. Norbert College.

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New President Named at Ferris State University

Ferris State has named Bill Pink as its 19th president. Pink will succeed current President Dr. David Eisler who retires at the end of June 2022.

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Calvin University Appoints Next President

The next president of Calvin University will be Dr. Wiebe Boer. Boer will replace Dr. Michael K. Le Roy who retires at the end of the 21-22 academic year.

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Clarkson University Names New President

Clarkson U names Marc P. Christensen as its next president. Christensen will succeed Dr. Anthony G. Collins who is stepping down at the end of June 2022.

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New President Appointed at Roanoke College

Roanoke College appoints Dr. Frank Shushok Jr. as its 21st president. He will take over from President Michael C. Maxey who retires in July.

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University of South Florida Chooses Alum as President

USF picks Dr. Rhea Law as its next president. Law will be the first alum to lead the university.

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Interim Chancellor Named at the California State University System

Jolene Koester is selected as CSU System’s interim chancellor. Koester will succeed President Joseph Castro who retired in February 2022.

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University of Illinois Springfield Appoints Next Chancellor

UI Springfield appoints Janet L. Gooch as chancellor effective July 2022.  Gooch is the EVP for academic affairs and provost at Truman State University.

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Grand View University Announces Next President

Grand View has selected Dr. Rachelle Keck as its next president. Keck is currently president of Briar Cliff University.

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New President Named at Wartburg College

Rebecca Neiduski is named president of Wartburg College effective July 1, 2022. She will succeed retiring President Dr. Darrel Colson.

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Pitzer College President Announces Retirement

President at Pitzer College since 2016, Melvin L. Oliver will retire at the end of June 2022. Pitzer Trustee Jill Klein will serve as interim president effective July 2022.

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Eastern New Mexico University President to Retire

Patrice Caldwell, currently president and system chancellor at ENMU announced her plans to retire at the end of July.  She has been with ENMU for 42 years.

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President of Slippery Rock University Announces Retirement

William Behre will retire as president of Slippery Rock University in June 2023. He has been president there since July 2018.

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Columbus State University President Retires

Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness Dr. John M. Fuchko III has been chosen as interim president of Columbus State effective July 2022. He will replace Dr. Chris Markwood who retires at the end of June.

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Lamar Community College President to Retire

Lamar CC President Dr. Linda Lujan will retire in December 2022. Lujan has worked in higher education for almost 40 years.

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Chancellor at Contra Costa Community College District Resigns

Dr. Bryan Reece resigned from Contra Costa CC District effective February 2022. EVC for education & technology Mojdeh Mehdizadeh is the interim president.

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MIT President to Step Down

L. Rafael Reif plans to step down as president of MIT at the end of this year. He has been at MIT since 1980 and president for the last 10 years.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Departs for Jet Propulsion Lab

Laurie Leshin will be stepping down as president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May.  She will be the next director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and VP at Caltech.

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Mount Holyoke College President to Step Down

Mount Holyoke College President Sonya Stephens will resign in August 2022. She has accepted the position of president of the American University of Paris.

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Northeast State University President Resigns

Dr. Bethany Bullock resigns from Northeast State. VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Connie Marshall will become interim president.

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Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo to Step Down

Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will step down. She has been appointed VP for regional campuses and online education at Indiana University Bloomington effective May 1, 2022.

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College President's Report

College President’s Report January 2022



Auburn Names Next President

Christopher B. Roberts, current dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been selected as the next president at Auburn University. Robert’s will become the University’s 21st president on May 16.

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Lassalle University Hires New President

Danielle Allen has been confirmed as the 30th president at Lassalle University. Allen will replace Colleen Hanycz who left for Xavier this past summer. Allen will begin his tenure in April.

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Pillar College Names New President

Current COO and executive VP of Pillar College, Rupert Hayles Jr. has been announced as Pillar College’s new president. He will succeed David Schroeder, who has been named chancellor of the school.

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New President Announced at Scripps College

Suzanne Keen will become the next president of Scripps College. She currently serves as VP for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Hamilton College. She will begin on July 1st of this year.

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Georgetown College Announces New President

Rosemary Allen has been named the first female president of Georgetown College in Kentucky. Allen currently serves as provost and dean at the school.

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NJ Institute of Technology Names Next President

Teik C. Lim has been announced as the next president at the NJ Institute of Technology. Lim currently serves as the interim president of UT Arlington. He will begin his tenure on July 1st.

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New President Named at Framingham State

Current provost and VP for academic affairs at Maryland-Eastern Shore, Nancy Niemi, has been named the next president of Framingham State University, in Massachusetts. Niemi will succeed the retiring F. Javier Cervallos on July 1st.

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Penn College of Technology Announces Next President

VP for academic affairs at Penn College of Technology, Michael J. Reed, has been announced to succeed Davie Gilmour as president. He will begin on July 1st.

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Rhode Island School of Design Names Next President

Crystal Williams has been announced the next president of RI School of Design. Williams currently serves as VP and associate provost for community and inclusion at Boston University. She will replace interim president Dave Proulx.

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Montgomery College Announces Next President

Current president of Nassau CC, Jermain Williams, has been named president of Montgomery College, in Maryland. Williams will replace Interim President Dave Proulx in June.

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St. John’s Announces New President

Former president of Providence College, Rev. Brian J. Shanley, has been selected as the next president at St. John’s University. Rev. Shanley will replace Conrad Gempesaw, who will retire in June 2021.

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Scripps College Names New President,

Current COO and Executive VP of Pillar College, Rupert A Hayes Jr, has been named president at Scripps College. He will succeed David Schroeder.

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New President at Southern Illinois

James T. Minor has been named the next chancellor at Southern Illinois University. Minor currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor and senior strategist in the office of the chancellor at Cal State University. He will become the school’s 10th chancellor on March 1st.

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MIT Provost named President at RPI

Martin A Schmidt has been named the next president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Schmidt currently serves as provost at MIT and will begin his tenure on July 1st.

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President at Indiana Wesleyan to Retire

David Wright, current president of Indiana Wesleyan has announced his plan to retire at the end of this academic year. Wright has served the school since 2013.

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Flagler President Announces Retirement

President Joseph G. Joyner will retire after the 2020-21 academic year. Joyner joined the school in 2017. A national search is currently underway to find Flagler’s next president.

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SW Oklahoma State President Retiring

President Randy Beutler has announced plans to retire from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Beutler has served as the university’s president since February of 2010.

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Victor to Retire from Mercyhurst

President Michael T. Victor has announced his plans to retire from Mercyhurst University this June. Victor began his tenure as the school’s 12th president in August of 2015. A search for the next president is currently underway.

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Michigan President Fired

Mark Schlissel has been fired by The University of Michigan Board of Regents. The decision comes after and investigation into an anonymous report that he was having an affair with a subordinate employee.

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FIU President Resigns

Florida International University President Mark Rosenburg has resigned as president.  Initially citing health concerns, Rosenburg released an additional statement saying he “caused discomfort for a valued colleague.” Rosenburg has served at FIU since 1976.

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University of Florida President Announces Resignation

Kent Fuchs has announced his plant to step down as president at the University of Florida. Fuchs is beginning his eighth year as leader at the school. He said he plans to officially resign from the post once a successor is named.

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Texas A&M President Resigning Earlier than Expected

President Michael Young has announced his plans to leave his roll as president at Texas A&M. Young previously said he would resign in May of 2021, however he stepped down on December 31st 2020. Current chair of the engineering school, Dr. John L. Junkins, has stepped in as interim president until a replacement is found.

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College President’s Report April-May


University of Nebraska Names Prime Candidate for President

Joanne Li has been named the prime candidate for chancellor at the University of Nebraska. She will become the first woman of color to take the position (after a 30 day public vetting period).

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CUNY Medgar Evers Names First African American President

Dr. Patricia Ramsey has been announced as the first woman to lead CUNY Medgar Evers in Brooklyn. She previously served as the Senior Executive Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She will begin May 1st.

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Board names Sixth President at Holy Family

The board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Anne M. Prisco will become the school’s Sixth president. She will begin in July of 2021

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New President Named at Indiana

Pamela Whitten, current president of Kennesaw State, has been named the 19th President of Indiana University. She will begin her tenure on July 1st 2021.

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Interim President Announced by Board at Oregon State

The Board of Trustees at Oregon State has voted to place Rebecca Johnson as the school’s interim president. Johnson has served as VP of OSU – Cascades since 2009. She will begin her interim presidency on May 1st and serve until a permanent president is appointed.

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Interim President Selected at Iowa

Board of Regents have selected Iowa’s Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate College, John Keller, to serve as Iowa’s interim president. Current president Bruce Harreld announced his retirement in October 2020.Keller will begin on May 17.

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Dr. Susan Poser Appointed President at Hofstra   

The board at Hofstra University has approved that Dr. Susan Poser will become the school’s next president. Poser currently serves as provost and vice chancellor for academics at the University of Illinois Chicago. She will become the schools first female president on August 1st.

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Claremont Lincoln President Announces New Leader

Claremont Lincoln has announced that Dr. Lynn Priddy will become the school’s next president. Priddy will begin on April 1st and replace tony Digiovanni who is retiring and remaining on the board of directors.

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North Shore CC Names Next Leader

William Heineman has been named the next president at North Shore Community College. Is the current provost at Northern Essex CC.

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Northern Penn Names Next President

The Board of Trustees has named Susan Snelick to become the schools next president. Snelick will begin this summer.

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OKC University Hires New President

Oklahoma City University has announced that current president of Lamar University, Kenneth Evans, will become the school’s new president. He will become the 19th president on July 1st 2021.

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Board Selects Next President at Oklahoma State

The Oklahoma State University A&M Board of regents has picked Dr. Kayse Shrum to become the schools 19th president. Shrum currently serves as president of the OSU Center for Health and Sciences in Tulsa Oklahoma. Shrum will become the school’s first female leader on July 1st.

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Point Park University Selects Next President

Point Park University has approved Donald J. Green as the university’s 8th president.  Green is the current president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome. He will begin this summer after the retirement of Dr. Paul Hennigan.

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Rhode Island Names New President

The Board of Trustees at The University of Rhode Island has named Marc Parlange President of the school. Parlange currently serves as provost at Monash University in Australia and will begin in August.

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New President at Tulsa

Brad Carson has been named the next president at Tulsa University. He will begin his tenure on July 21st 2021

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VMI Announces Next President

Major General Cedric Wins will become the next leader of the Virginia Military Institute. Wins graduated in 1985 and began his interim leadership last year.

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Lehigh President Selected         

The Lehigh Board has announced the selection of Joseph J. Helble to become the school’s next president. Helble currently serves as the Lehigh’s provost and will begin his presidency on August 16.

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Nevada State Announces New President

Regents have approved DeRionne Pollard to become Nevada State’s next president. Pollard is the current president at Montgomery College in Maryland.

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New Chancellor Selected at Rutgers – Camden

Antonio D. Tillis has been announced as the next Chancellor at Rutgers – Camden. Tillis will begin his post on July 1st 2021.

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Iowa Announces Next President

Barbara Wilson has been announced as the 22nd president of the University of Iowa. Wilson currently serves as executive VP and VP for academic affairs for the University of Illinois System. She will begin her roll as president on July 15th, 2021.

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Dominican President Set to Retire

Donna Carroll has announced that she will retire as president from Dominican University. Carroll has served the school for 27 years and will leave at the end of this academic year.

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Howard Community College President to Retire

Dr. Kathleen Hetherington has announced that she plans leave her post as president at Howard Community College. Hetherington has served as the school’s leader since 2007 and will retire on October 1, 2021.

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Southern Oregon President Retiring

President Linda Schott has announced her intention to retire as president by the end of 2021. Schott said, “this was a fitting time for her to pass leadership on.”

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Seattle President to Resign

Seattle Pacific President Daniel Martin has announced that he will resign from his position effective April 5,2021. Martin served as leader for 9 years.

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Tuskegee University President Resigns

Gilbert L Rochon has announced that he is resigning from his post immediately. Dr Rochon served for six years. No reason was given for the resignation.

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Southern Oregon President Retiring

President Linda Schott has announced her intention to retire as president by the end of 2021. Schott said, “this was a fitting time for her to pass leadership on.”

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Marshall University President to Step Down

President Jerome A. Gilbert has announced that he will resign at the end of his term, which ends in July 2022. Gilbert said, “for a variety of personal and professional reasons, I have informed the Board of Governors that I will not seek an extension of my current contract and will be stepping down from my position effective July 15, 2022.”

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Oregon State University President Resigns

Oregon State President, F. King Alexander, has announced his resignation. The resignation comes on the heels of outrage stemming from his role in the LSU sexual misconduct scandal.

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College administrator Turnover

College Administrator Data/Turnover Rates: 2018-Present

New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates that top-level positions at colleges and universities are experiencing some of the highest employee turnover rates when compared to other administrators. Our analysis tracked administrators at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and found that presidents, chancellors and provosts were three of the top fifteen positions with the highest administrative turnover in the last 36 months. Provosts were number one in turnover.

Noted are the top 15 turnover percentages for college administrators tracked in the HEP, Inc. database since April 2018, or 36 months.

    1. Provosts 50%
    2. Dean of Education 44%
    3. Dean of Art and Science 42%
    4. Director of Branch Campus 42%
    5. Dean of Business 42%
    6. Director of Institutional Advancement 41%
    7. Director of Enrollment Management 39%
    8. Director of Diversity 39%
    9. Director of Admissions 39%
    10. Chief Financial/Business Officer 37%
    11. Chief Student Affairs/Student Life Officer 37%
    12. Associate Academic Officer 37%
    13. Chief Executive Officer (President/Chancellor) 36%
    14. Chief HR Officer 35%
    15. Director of Student Housing 35%

*Positions listed required a minimum of 700 reported administrator counts to be included. Administrator turnover rates are pulled from schools that reported that particular position in 2018 and 2021.

  • The average turnover rate of 125 different administrator positions tracked by HEP Inc. was 34%.
  • Of the 3,391 provosts reported by schools in The Higher Education Directory in 2018 and 2021, 1,691 or 50% are new as of April 2021.
  • Presidents and chancellors are 13th on the list with a total of 1,502 out of 4,135, or 36% being new.
  • Rounding out the bottom of the list with the lowest percentage turnover are directors of institutional research with 26% changed.

When compared to other administrators, the cause for such high-level turnover in presidents and provosts can be linked to many diverse issues such as growing financial instability, COVID, and faculty and Board pressures. Also, traditionally colleges and universities have made leadership selections from within, minimizing risk. According to the American Council on Education, 60 percent of current presidents at doctoral-granting universities were once provosts prior to accepting presidency. However, another study released by ACE found that only 30 percent of current provosts plan to pursue presidency. As a result, traditionally qualified presidents are becoming harder to find, thus creating a higher risk of turnover through a limited supply of conventional talent.

According to Roland King, former VP for public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (an association of more than 1,000 private non-profit college presidents), finding qualified presidents is increasingly complicated. King says that half of exiting presidents in 2018 had a tenure of 10 years and that following an established president has its positives and negatives. He said, “certainly, long tenure indicates some level of institutional stability, and often a supportive board of trustees, but it also can point toward institutional atrophy. An administration can get lulled into a ‘way we’ve always done it’ mentality, ignore danger signs and fight change and innovation.”

According to R. William Funk, CEO of R. William Funk & Associates, “There has recently been a spate of presidents stepping down or retiring under a cloud of controversy. In some cases, the departure of the president has been hastened by wrongful deeds perpetuated by subordinates, while others are victims of greater student and faculty activists, board dysfunction, or the accumulation of controversial decisions they have made. Rightly or wrongly, the buck stops at the feet of the president.”

COVID-19 has undoubtedly increased issues facing upper level administrators since spring of 2019. According to an ACE survey done between April and July of 2020, currently the most pressing issues for presidents include long term financial viability, mental health of students, faculty and staff, and sustaining an online learning environment. According to Larry Lad, a senior consultant at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, “Leadership is situational and presidents who were put into place to make incremental changes in a relatively stable environment can no longer count on the same set of skills to carry them through the coming months in years.”

Only time will tell whether top leaders can execute an acute understanding of today’s complex issues that are increasingly leading to involuntary turnover.  It’s difficult to predict whether COVID will keep turnover rates up, however you can stay up-to-date with college and university administrators through HigherEd Direct – the database used to compile this research article: Free Trial Here.

Controversial Accrediting Body Dangerously Close to Losing Federal Recognition

The Education Department has recommended withdrawing recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or ACICS, as officials say the largest for-profit college accrediting agency has exhibited an “unprecedented level of noncompliance” in the past and present.  The potential termination comes on the heels of a damning Education Department report noting that ACICS is not meeting federal standards.

Education Department findings charge that the accrediting body consists of employees who simply lack qualifications, “the agency failed to demonstrate that it has competent and knowledgeable individuals, qualified by education and experience in their own right and trained by the agency on their responsibilities, as appropriate for their roles, regarding the agency’s standards, policies, and procedures.” This is not the first time Higher Ed policy experts have criticized the accrediting body.

Under Education Secretary Betsy Devos, ACICS (a historically for-profit accreditor), fought for its accreditation reinstatement after the Obama administration eliminated its recognition in 2016­ – citing pervasive compliance problems with schools who attained accreditation under the council. ACICS accredited and shuttered schools such as ITT Tech, The Corinthian Colleges, and other for-profit institutions “routinely failed to adequately police schools under its oversight,” according the Education Department. However, in March of 2018 a federal court found that ACICS’s 36,000 pages petitioning for recognition had not been entirely examined by Education Department officials in leu of revoking ACICS’s status. Secretary Devos then signed an official order retaining the status of ACICS as a federally recognized accrediting agency, citing a “flawed” decision-making process.

Four years later, US Department of Education officials have noted in a new report, ACICS is still not able to comply with federal requirements and has failed at protecting students and taxpayers. According to Kyle Southern, policy and advocacy director for higher education and workforce at Young Invincible:

Yesterday’s recommendation from the staff at the Education Department only affirms what too many people have known for too long: ACICS has failed in its responsibility to ensure its member institutions provide anything close to the quality of education new should expect from any college or university…we welcome this step in the process toward revoking ACICS as an accreditor and putting some of the worst actors in the field of higher education on notice. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) should take this recommendation seriously, and the Department should ultimately fulfill its obligation to maintain the integrity of accreditation and access to federal funds.”

On February 24th, in an 11-to-1 vote, NACICQI voted in recommendation of discrediting ACICS. The Education Department is required to make its final decision within the next 90 days, after which ACICS can appeal the result to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

What does this mean for schools accredited by ACICS?

There are 55 ACICS accredited schools in the 2021 HigherEd Direct Database.  26 of those institutions have additional accreditations and will most likely not be impacted if ACICS loses federal recognition. Of the 29 that are alone accredited with ACICS, three are actively seeking alternative accreditors for recognition at this time. A list of 26 schools with sole ACICS accreditation can be found here.

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Courts Force Education Department to Forgive $150 Million in Student Loans

The Department of Education will begin forgiving $150 million worth of student loan debt for those attending for-profit colleges that closed while students were still enrolled. Officials say that around 15,000 former students’ debts will be excused. The loans are being forgiven after a federal judge ruled that Education Secretary Betsy Devos was unlawfully delaying an Obama-era policy known as “borrower defense to repayment”.

Last year the Department of Education rolled back two Obama administration regulations aimed to protect students and hold for-profit colleges more accountable. One, the “borrower defense to repayment” was intended to go in place in July, and is designed to make it easier for students who said they were defrauded by their schools to get their loans potentially forgiven. The courts have ruled that Devos’ attempts to repeal the regulations are illegal. The Education Department will begin notifying former students today that it is forgiving around $150 million in student loan debt, over half of which will be cancelled for students who attended the now closed Corinthian Colleges.


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