Eye on Education

Listen to a Discussion About Replacing College Presidents

Three of Ohio’s largest public universities are looking for new leaders.

  • Former Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee retired in July.
  • Kent State University President Lester Lefton will retire next summer.
  • University of Akron President Luis Proenza will retire in June.

So how do you find three new leaders to head up institutions with combined budgets topping $XXX?

WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher took on the topic of picking a college president recently:

It’s a time of transition for Ohio colleges and universities. Kent State and the University of Akron will bid farewell to their presidents next summer, as will several community colleges, and OSU has hired a consulting firm to help with their current presidential search. This hour we’ll look at the changing role of university presidents, and discuss whether schools should be run more like Wal Mart or the Red Cross.

Guests included Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Jack Stripling, college president head hunter Jessica Kozloff, and Denison University President Emeritus Dale Knobel.

Listen to the discussion here.


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