Addressing The Leadership Crisis

Career College Central summary:

  • With nearly 75 percent of community college presidents expected to retire by decade’s end, the issue of leadership development is of prime concern for many organizations that represent the work of two-year colleges.
  • Last week, six leading community college associations and organizations agreed to work more closely to address the impending leadership exodus. They include the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), Achieving the Dream, Inc., the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, the League for Innovation in the Community College and Student Success Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • A 2012 AACC report noted that three-fourths of current presidents surveyed plan to retire within the next 10 years. In the last 17 months alone, nearly 200 college CEOs have transitioned out of the presidency. The partnering groups noted that recruitment, preparation and selection of leaders with the skills required to improve community college student success is critical to the sector.

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