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Minority Representation For College Leaders Drops

Thursday, March 15, 2012

According to a recent, national survey released by the American Council on Education, racial and ethnic minorities, who represent 13 percent of college presidents, are slightly less prevalent than they were in 2006, when 14 percent of leaders were diverse. Lucy Leske, Witt/Kieffer vice president and education practice co-leader, discusses the survey results in an article featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This decline comes at a time when executive search firms are being used to recruit 60 percent of recently hired presidents, according to the survey. "The use of search firms does not necessarily correlate with an increase in diversity placement," Leske says. It's the search committee "and the search firm together that have to commit to diverse pools of candidates," she said.

Although minority representation has dropped, women have made incremental gains. Women presidents have been historically underrepresented but the survey finds that more than a quarter of presidents are now female and more than a third lead two-year colleges.

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