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The Spectrum Initiative

Advancing Diversity in the College Presidency

Capitalizing on the imminent wave of college presidents' retirements and the resulting opportunity to ensure a more inclusive pool of leadership talent, a group of leading higher education associations are partnering to lead The Spectrum Initiative: Advancing Diversity in the College Presidency. 

The goal of this multi-year national agenda is to diversify and broaden executive leadership talent in higher education through programmatic and research initiatives involving, among others, institutional boards of trustees, executive search firms, campus search communities, current presidents, and aspiring leaders.

Goals and Objectives
  • To broaden and strengthen the leadership pipeline for women and racial/ethnic minority administrators and prepare them for senior leadership positions in higher education.
  • To ensure that the presidential search and selection process is widely inclusive.
  • To promote on-campus leadership development, mentoring, and succession planning.

For additional information, please send an email to or call 202-939-9390.

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