Half of all higher-ed chief executives should be women, supporters say

female-leadershipA new initiative aims to ensure that, by 2030, half of U.S. college and university chief executives are women.

Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education was launched by the American Council on Education (ACE) and asks presidents of colleges, universities and related associations to strive toward meeting that goal.

Women now earn the majority of all college degrees, but they have made little progress when it comes to gaining the top job at colleges and universities. As of 2011, 26 percent of college and university presidencies were held by women–up just three percentage points since 2006.

Due to the increasingly fast turnover rate among the current generation of higher education senior leaders, the initiative comes at a pivotal time to make more progress in diversifying senior leadership across the board, supporters say.

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Laura Ascione