Attracting and Developing the Next Generation of Senior Administrative Leadership

November 2007
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For us to be successful in recruiting the next generation of academic leadership, we need to fully understand the changes that have taken place in higher education. These changes begin with faculty who collectively have a desire and need to allocate more of their time to personal responsibilities (e.g., parenting and elder care.) These same faculty, to be successful professors, must now also meet substantially heightened expectations regarding scholarship. These heightened expectations are directly tied to the growth of accreditations and outcomes assessment At the exact time as these factors are impacting the lives of faculty, the responsibilities of an academic administrator, especially at the senior level has demonstrably increased. These responsibilities now include a much more data driven and transparent decision making process, as well as a vastly increased need for fundraising. Taken together, the additional personal and professional demands on a faculty member and the added expectations on an administrator have made it more challenging to recruit faculty into critical administrative positions.