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Hiring of Minority College Presidents on the Rise: Key Podcast

March 4, 2022

Colleges and universities have significantly increased their hiring of Black and Latino presidents since the renewed Black Lives Matter movement took hold in 2020. How meaningful is the increase—and will it last?

This week’s episode of The Key, Inside Higher Ed’s news and analysis podcast, explores those questions and the underlying data with two national experts.

Lorelle L. Espinosa is program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where she focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM education, and she formerly oversaw research on the college presidency and other topics at the American Council on Education. She believes boards and search committees are seeking presidents with different skills and perspectives because of the current moment.

Eddie R. Cole, associate professor of higher education and history at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers some context about what’s happening now based on his study of the civil rights era, when colleges also sought to diversify their leadership (for a while).

Listen to this week’s episode here, and learn more about The Key here.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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