On the floor, the lifetime of a college president seems supreme: welcoming grateful alumni again to campus, allotting knowledge to keen college students over espresso, and conversing with erudite school members about their analysis.
The numbers, nevertheless, paint a special image. For instance, the American Council on Training’s American School President Research reports the common size of service for a college president continues to say no: 8.5 years in 2006, 7 years in 2011, and 6.5 in 2017.
In distinction to the beforehand famous actions, the American School President Research additionally reviews the areas occupying a president’s time, so as, embrace (1) funds/monetary administration; (2) fundraising; (3) administration of senior leaders; (4) relations with board members; and (5) enrollment administration. Not shocking, solely 25 p.c of presidents beforehand served as presidents.
Some presidents, nevertheless, defy these traits. This week, Samford College hosts the inauguration of Beck A. Taylor as its nineteenth president. Earlier this fall, Taylor College hosted the inauguration of D. Michael Lindsay as its 18th president. (Lindsay sits on Christianity At present’s board of administrators.)
Previous to their current appointments, these buddies and fellow Baylor College graduates—Taylor from the category of 1992 and Lindsay from the category of 1994—respectively served because the presidents of Whitworth College for 11 years and Gordon School for 10 years. A part of what additionally makes them distinctive is that, at the same time as they start their second presidencies, Taylor and Lindsay are nonetheless greater than a decade youthful than the common college president’s 63 years.
Earlier this fall, Margaret Diddams, editor for Christian Scholar’s Evaluation, talked with Taylor and Lindsay about their transitions, the individuals who helped put together them for his or her earlier and present appointments, and the function mentorship performs in getting ready the subsequent technology of leaders.