The 30%: Female Leaders in Higher Education

Women at the helm of four successful institutions share insights on the future of higher ed leadership.

Women at the helm of four successful colleges and universities share insights and discuss perspectives on the future of higher ed leadership.

Although the majority of students at all levels in higher education are female, women hold only 30% of the most senior-level positions in the academy. Join Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., alongside three fellow female presidents for a discussion about the important perspectives of women leaders and the challenges they face. Together the panel will explore industry insights and trends while looking to the future in cultivating the next generation of higher education leaders. 

As an attendee you’ll:

  • Gain new insights into research centered on women leaders in higher education.
  • Recognize contributing factors to the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles.
  • Understand the importance of bringing women’s perspectives to leadership roles across academia.
  • Identify opportunities for cultivating women leaders in academia and engaging women leaders in other key industries who can leverage their knowledge and insights to help universities thrive.


Moderated by Sara Custer, Inside Higher Ed’s incoming editor-in-chief, panelists Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D., president of Norfolk State University; Neeli Bendapudi, Ph.D., president of Penn State University; Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., president of Baylor University; and Madeline Pumariega, president of Miami Dade College; will explore these topics and more. Dari Gessner, Inside Higher Ed’s CEO, will open this special virtual event.

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