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Thursday, October 11, 2007

More Than 80 Percent of Community College Presidents Will Soon Retire

Two recent reports from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) shed new light on the leadership of higher education's largest sector. Data showed that a significantly higher percentage of community college presidents are looking into retirement as the average age rose from 56 in 2001, to 58 in 2006. More than 80 percent of community college presidents plan to retire in the next 10 years.

"The Community College Presidency: 2006" and the "Compensation and Benefits of Community College CEOs: 2006" present research ranging from average salary to average age of community college presidents from all over the nation. AACC also published The CEO Contract, a book which is based upon the same surveys and research.

The "Compensation and Benefits" report shows variances in community college presidents' pay based on region, college type, enrollment size and whether or not the school was in an urban environment. Salaries, however, did not vary significantly with race/ethnicity or gender.

"The Community College Presidency," a research collaboration between AACC and Vaughan and Weisman, shows that the majority of community college presidents have earned doctorate or professional degrees, and before achieving their presidency, most community college presidents were academic

The two briefs are a culmination of data gathered from surveys sent to a total of 1,186 community college presidents. About 550 presidents responded to each of the surveys.

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