Advancement Professionals as College President Candidates

In an era when college presidents must be more external facing, there is potential for candidates who have risen through advancement and development roles to ascend to the top spot, says a new article in CASE Currents magazine. One of those interviewed, WittKieffer senior partner Dennis Barden, suggests that in order to be taken seriously as presidential candidates, such leaders will have to overcome apprehension on the part of the hiring institution. “A lot depends on the willingness of a search committee to listen and learn—to understand what, exactly, the institution needs and expects from its chief executive officer, and configure the job description and search process to surface those candidates.”

Advancement leaders with eyes on the presidency will also need to gain support from faculty who would prefer to have a career academician in the president position, Barden and other experts say.

Read “Advancing to the Top” in the most recent issue.