Higher Education Institution Governing Boards: Presidential Appointment Process

In U.S. higher education institution, the presidential appointment process involves procedures undertaken by governing boards to select the next president of a higher education institution. The chief executive officers of U.S. colleges, universities, and higher education systems typically report to governing boards, which have the ultimate legal responsibility of appointing these institutional leaders. Herein, president refers to U.S. college, university, and system chief executive officers. This entry overviews typical appointment processes and considers issues and challenges.

Typical Process

A five-step appointment process is triggered when a position opens through presidential departure or unexpected events.

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