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By the Numbers: Leadership: A Snapshot of the Presidency



​Money Matters

47% of presidents identified fundraising as an area occupying the most time, up from 38 percent of presidents in 2006.

67% of long-serving college presidents—those who had been a president for more than 10 years—reported spending more time on fundraising than when they were new presidents.

40% reported that during their first presidencies, they had felt insufficiently prepared to tackle fundraising needs, up from 23 percent who said so in 2006.

Testing, testing…

56% of long-serving presidents reported that accountability/ assessment of student learning had increased in importance, up from forty-three percent in 2006.

31% of them reported spending less time on academic issues than when they first became presidents. But 66 percent reported spending more time on accountability/ assessment of student learning.


61% of long-serving presidents reported that during their first presidencies, not having enough money was one of the most frustrating things they experienced, along with inheriting problems from previous leadership (46 percent).

For presidents at public institutions, the most challenging constituent group was legislators/policymakers, at 69%.

For presidents at private institutions, it was faculty, at 64%.

Constituents presenting the greatest challenge overall: faculty, at 56%, up from 40 percent in 2006.

Bright Spots

77% of presidents said students were the constituents who were most rewarding.

82% of presidents said they were very satisfied in their current position.y th


All statistics are excerpted from the American Council on Education’s The American College President 2012.

Percentages are rounded as needed to the closest integer.