Fundraising vs. academic credentials for college prezzes
More college presidents from outside academic ranks
(AP) -- The outgoing president of Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, Roger Martin is an Oxford-trained church historian. His successor is a career fundraiser who brought in about $3 billion for his last two employers.
The appointment last week of Robert Lindgren to lead the small, 175-year old liberal arts college about 15 miles north of Richmond is the latest example of a trend in higher education: Schools are looking for more than a scholar these days when they hire a president.
Lindgren fully grasps Randolph-Macon's academic mission, said search committee chair Harold Starke. But, he added, "fundraising was certainly high on the list (of criteria), as it would be for any college of any size today."
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