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first place. Research on the length of tenure as well as an increase in the average age
of college presidents, while sometimes contradictory, are discouraging. According to
Yates and Roach (2000), in 1995 the average length of service of a president/CEO at a
public, doctorate-granting institution was only 4.5 years. In a public, two-year institution,
the tenure was an average of 7.8 years. More recently, some studies showed slight
improvement while others showed a trend in the opposite direction.
Padilla and Ghosh (1999) found noticeable differences in the tenure of presidents
when compared by Carnegie class and the differences also were dependent on whether
examining current presidential tenures or the tenures of the immediately previous
presidents. Two of Padilla's tables regarding presidential tenure have been combined
to form Table 1.
Padilla's Statistics on Average Total Tenure by Carnegie Class and Average Completed
Tenure by Carnegie Class
Carnegie Class Average Total Tenure* Average Completed Tenure**
Baccalaureate I 3.5 9.0
Baccalaureate II 8.6 7.6
Community 5.3 7.6
Doctorate I 7.8 4.3
Doctorate II 5.8 6.0
Masters I 8.6 7.6
Masters II 9.3 12.3
Research I 8.2 5.4
Research II 7.8 4.6
Total (weighted) 6.5 8.2
Note. *Average Total Tenure represents the average total tenure of the immediately previous president. **
Average Completed Tenure represents the average completed tenure of the current president - up to that
point in time.
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