A New Breed of College President, a New Way of Recruitment

By Lucy Leske, Managing Partner

College Presidential Search GuideIn a few short years, the dynamics of the presidential search in higher education have changed dramatically. Institutions still seek exceptional leaders with proven academic credentials, credibility, and experience, but only if there is also potential – to be creative and entrepreneurial, for example, and to manage change, risk, and disruption. Oftentimes this means bringing in leaders from outside the academy. The landscape has changed, and academic leadership must as well.

For this reason, my colleagues and I have introduced the second edition of Best Practices in Higher Education Presidential Search. (A brief registration is required.) It is a resource for a new era, illustrating methods that institutions and the search committees that represent them are using to attract and recruit different and difference-making leaders. This updated second edition features an addendum dedicated to the role that key cabinet and campus leaders – provosts and executives in student affairs, athletics, enrollment, and advancement – are playing in presidential recruiting today.

I encourage you to enjoy this resource and take its lessons to heart as higher education embraces change, from the bottom to the very top.


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