The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 16th, 2015
When Cornell University’s new president takes office, in July, half
of the Ivy League’s colleges will be led by women. Brown University’s
female leader is its second in a row.
Over the past several years, a range of other institutions, including
public flagships, liberal-arts colleges, historically black
institutions, and community colleges have hired their first female
presidents. They include the University of Virginia, Middlebury College,
Alabama State University, and Pueblo Community College.
Despite the progress, including at some of the nation’s most elite
institutions, women remain significantly underrepresented among college
presidencies — and the numbers have barely budged. Women make up about a
quarter of college presidents nationwide, a share that has remained
about the same for at least a decade.