The University of Rochester, State University College at Brockport, and Nazareth College are all seeking new presidents for their institutions. According to an article in the June 16 Democrat and Chronicle, a 2001 study by the American Council on Education reported those hired from outside higher education grew from 6 percent in 1998 to 12 percent in 2001.
“The advantage could be … a fresh set of eyes,” said President Mark Gearan. “The disadvantage, of course, is that you don't have the personal experiences of going through the academic route and being able to personally appreciate the rigors of getting one's Ph.D. and tenure.”
Gearan said presidents increasingly must focus on managerial aspects of the job, such as overseeing the budget and the endowment.