What is the average tenure of a college or university president?
The American Council on Education’s 2006 survey of college and university presidents showed that presidents had served an average of 8.5 years in office at the time of the survey. This is the highest recorded average tenure in the history of this periodic survey of the American college presidency.
Today’s college presidents are serving notably shorter tenures. ACE reported the average went down to 7 years in 2011. (See the 2012 edition of the ACE publication The American College President.)
American Council on Education. The American College President 2012 Washington, DC: American Council on Education, 2012.