Voices from the Field Women of Color Presidents in Higher Education

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American Council on Education
TIAA Institute

This report from the ACPS shows that the representation of women in the college presidency has nearly tripled since 1986, although women remained underrepresented in 2016. About one-third of college and university presidents in 2016 were women, and only five percent of all presidents were women of color. In order to better understand some of the reasons for the slow growth in the number of women of color in the presidency, ACE conducted four semi-structured interviews with women of color who are serving as presidents or chancellors of colleges and universities. These conversations focused on how race and gender affected their pathway to the presidency, how they measure success, and their hopes for the future of higher education leadership. Interviews were edited for clarity and collected in ​Voices from the Field: Women of Color Presidents in Higher Education to share insights from the field of higher education leadership.

women in higher education, minority women in higher education, faculty representation