Planning for Higher Education Journal

Presidential Plans

New College Presidents and Diversity Efforts
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From Volume 44 Number 1 | October–December 2015
By Jeffery L. Wilson

The current study investigated the diversity efforts of 67 new presidents of colleges, universities, and community colleges identified from positions advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education over a one-year period. Specifically, research sought to assess presidents’ perceptions of diversity and their plans for diversity at their initial time of hire. Findings offered insight into new college presidents’ attention to diversity. If diversity is going to truly take shape at an institution, its leader, often the president, must do what his/her title implies and take the lead.

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