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Padilla's term of completed used in Table 1 above is deceptive because it
actually indicates the average number of years a president has completed up to that
point in time and does not represent how much longer some of the presidents
represented in the average will continue. However, given that the total average number
of years already spent in office is higher than the total average number of years
concluded by immediately previous presidents, tenure would seem to be increasing
overall. This is contrary to some other studies, some of which are noted below.
However, since the participant pool in this the study was drawn from community college
presidents, it is important to note that in both of the measures of tenure above,
community college presidents' length of tenure fell below the weighted total average for
all types of institutions.
One of the existing studies contradicting this observation, American Council on
Education and the TIAA-CREF Institute (2007) stated that in 1995 the average tenure of
a college president was 7.3 years, but by 2001 it was only 6.6 years.
While the some of the literature mentioned above and others suggested that the
average length of tenure of the college president is creeping downward due to a variety
of reasons, overlapping results pointed toward a potential loss of existing presidents
through retirement and unfortunately death. Almost all studies showed that college and
university presidents' average age is increasing. A 2007 report by the American
Association of Community Colleges (AACC) using U.S. Department of Education and
AACC data showed that only 25% of community college CEOs had served at the same
institution for 10 years or more while 32% were 60 years of age or older. Furthermore,
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