Thursday, November 03, 2005

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."

The rest of the story here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure this isn't a bad idea... at the end of the article, a member of the hiring committee said that the consensus was that "there aren't any problems here that can't be solved by a lot of money, so let's get someone who can bring in a lot of money."

As long as the President of the college isn't making decisions about the specifics of teaching, as he has never taught a clas... then what is the harm?

On the other hand, having been at a college which (prior to my being here) had been run by a series of non-academic presidents and deans -- the combination can be lethal. The real problem there was poor management... and the school is STILL feeling the pain 7 years later..

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