Women Presidents

The percentage of women college presidents has slowly increased over the last 30 years. However, women remain underrepresented and typically follow different paths to the presidency than men.

Demographics

In 2016, three out of 10 college presidents were women. Women were more likely than men to have altered their career progression to care for others.

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Institutions Served

Women were more likely to lead public institutions than private institutions in 2016. They were most underrepresented among doctorate-granting institutions, and were more likely than men to lead public special focus institutions.

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Path to the Presidency

In 2016, women were more likely than men to be first-time college presidents and had shorter tenure in their presidency than men. Women were also more likely than men to have served as a chief academic officer, provost, or dean in their immediate prior position.

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