Governance

Report finds unsettled pathways to the college presidency

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Fewer provosts are becoming presidents and more deans are jumping straight to the presidency, according to new report that also includes an intriguing list of universities that are presidential talent factories.

Molly Broad to retire as head of main college lobbying group

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Under its first woman president, higher education’s chief lobbying group fought Obama ratings plan and embraced “innovation” agenda.

Judge blocks Kentucky governor from overhauling Louisville board

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Kentucky's governor improperly served as "judge, jury and executioner" in abolishing University of Louisville's Board of Trustees, a state court finds.

President's medical leave raises questions of tenure length and health

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A longtime president's controversial medical leave highlights issues of leaders' age, health and time in charge.

Universities struggle with spate of contested presidential ousters

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Presidents are facing more scrutiny and capturing headlines as they fight publicly with boards for their jobs.

University of Louisville housecleaning raises questions

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Kentucky governor's dismissal of most trustees and the president's resignation, designed to end university's governance logjam, could create a new set of problems.

Mixed reviews for plan to change Tennessee higher education governance

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Universities favor governor's proposal to restructure public higher ed governance, but system chancellor and others say institutional interests will trump state priorities.

Report outlines trustee frustrations over transparency and finances

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Board members at comprehensive universities are often frustrated by their own lack of knowledge or understanding about the institutions they're tasked with leading, a new report finds.

UNC presidential pick Margaret Spellings highlights system's desire for political acumen

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In picking Margaret Spellings as UNC System's president, are board members showing a preference for ability to work within a political system, rather than an academic system?

Mills College struggles with financial difficulty, faculty unrest as president calls it quits

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Mills is across the country from Sweet Briar, but is closer in circumstance. It struggles with declining enrollment, a growing discount rate and faculty-administrator tensions. How endangered is the college?

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