American College President Study


​​​​​​​​ACE's American College President Study (ACPS) has long served the higher education community as the most comprehensive, in-depth, and frequently cited source of information about the college presidency and pathways to higher education leadership. The survey has been conducted approximately every five years since 1986, with the most recent edition and an accompanying interactive data explorer released in 2017.

With generous support from the TIAA Institute, ACPS continues to capture important data on presidential demographics, search and selection processes, career trajectories, and duties and responsibilities—with a focus on the intersectional lenses of race and gender. Data analysis has begun for the 2022 American College President Survey, and the results will be published in a forthcoming report, The American College President: 2023 Edition.

Related Publications
Blog Posts

Looking Ahead to Diversifying the College Presidency
Higher Education Today | August 14, 2017

The Evolving Nature of the College​ Presidency​​
Higher Education Today | December 4, 2017

The Hard Work of Innovative Presidents and Teams
Higher Education Today | October 1, 2018

An Unrecognized Bias Contributing to the Gender Gap in the College Presidency
Higher Education Today | March 6, 2023


2023 Edition Coming Soon!

The American College President: 2023 Edition is slated for release in mid-April 2023. The report will include downloadable data tables, figures, and infographics.

​If you have any questions or comments about the American College President Study, please email

ACPS at ACE2023, April 13-15

Mark your calendars! ACE will officially release The American College President: 2023 Edition at ACE2023, ACE’s Annual Meeting. Join us in Washington DC for several in-depth sessions that will take a closer look at the report. 

Register ​​Now​