Minority Presidents

The percentage of minority college presidents has slowly increased over the last 30 years. Women of color, however, are the most underrepresented in the presidency.


In 2016, 17 percent of presidents were minorities. African Americans made up 8 percent of all presidents, the largest representation among all racial/ethnic minority groups.

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Institutions Served

Minority college presidents were more likely to lead public institutions than private institutions in 2016. Their representation has increased across most types of institutions.

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Minority Presidents by Gender

Women of color were vastly underrepresented in the college presidency in 2016. They were also more likely than other college presidents to be serving in their first presidency.

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