Friday, October 2, 2020

Retirement Wave Hits Presidents



OCTOBER 2, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Retirement Wave Hits Presidents

by Emma Whitford,

"Dozens of college presidents have announced that they will retire or otherwise step down before or at the end of June 2021, the close of the current fiscal and academic year.

The pandemic provides an unusual backdrop for leadership transitions, although many retiring presidents have said the pandemic was not the primary reason for their departure.

The apparent flood of retirement announcements makes perfect sense, said Rod McDavis, managing principal at AGB Search, a higher education leadership search firm. Many presidents who would have announced their departures in the spring held off. Instead, they’re sharing their plans this September, alongside other planned fall announcements.

“Because of the pandemic, I think most presidents who were planning to step down simply didn’t want to make an announcement, because you don’t want to make that type of announcement with a crisis occurring,” McDavis said.

>> Why Now?: "Fall announcements in particular fit well into the rhythm of the academic year, said Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education and a former U.S. under secretary of education in the Obama administration. He could not say for sure whether the recent number of announcements is unusually high this year."

>> Reality Check: "The increasing age of college presidents could also be behind the many retirement announcements. A 2017 ACE study found that the average age of college presidents is ticking upward, from 60.7 in 2011 to 61.7 in 2017. More than 10 percent of presidents were 71 or older in 2017, and presidents are spending less time in their jobs than they used to. The average presidential tenure was 6.5 years in 2017, down from seven years in 2011."

>> Between The Lines: "Running a college is never easy, but the pandemic has exacerbated already-existing financial woes for many colleges and added a slew of public health concerns that have kept colleges under the national microscope. On top of that, a shift in national demographics is expected to move student bodies away from the wealthy 18- to 24-year-old white students many institutions traditionally served, increasing colleges’ need for robust financial aid and flexible programs."

>> The Final Word: “College presidencies are very hard jobs, and there’s not a lot of evidence that they’re going to get easier any time soon,” Mitchell, a former president at Occidental, said.


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2. A Century in the Making


Congratulations to our friends at the Midwest Conference who are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2020-21. The MWC is comprised of 10 institutions across Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The purpose of the Conference since its formation has been to "maintain athletic activities on a plane in keeping with the dignity and high purpose of liberal education." Competitive sports are regarded as a valuable part of the educational experience and are maintained for the benefit of the students.

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3.  Campbell Trophy

The National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame released the names of 40 Division III students among its 199 semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy. In its 31st year, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. 

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. 
  • Alek Jacobs, Augustana
  • Jack Carroll, Berry
  • Nicholas Leahy, Bowdoin
  • Travis Johnston, Case Western Reserve
  • Blaine Hawkins, Central
  • Connor Stoming, Concordia, Wis.
  • Jackson Hamersly, DePauw
  • Garrett Perschy, Franklin & Marshall
  • Cress Fisher, Gallaudet
  • Rick Johnson, Grinnell
  • Tyler Howerton, Hampden-Sydney
  • Jamie Pogue, Hardin-Simmons
  • Kyle Hackett, Hobart
  • Andrew Vito, Ithaca
  • John Colasacco, Lake Forest
  • Kyle Pierce, Lycoming
  • Jacob Burkhead, Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Pete Huggins, Middlebury
  • Drew Hopkins, Millsaps
  • Jackson Buskirk, Moravian
  • Lucas Cooper, Ohio Wesleyan
  • Calhoun Helmberger, Redlands
  • Mitch Batschelett, Rhodes
  • Chris Backes, Saint John's
  • Jack Massie, Shenandoah
  • AJ Smith, Springfield
  • Zach Bennett, St. Thomas, Minn.
  • Liam McManus, SUNY Maritime
  • Michael Edmonson, Trinity, Texas
  • Khalif Jeter, Tufts
  • Matt Restifo, U.S. Merchant Marine
  • Andrew Whitaker, Washington, Mo.
  • Glenn Smith, Wesleyan
  • Cameron Mika, Westminster, Pa.
  • Ryan Schwartz, Wheaton, Ill.
  • Ryan Stecklein, Widener
  • Michael Olsen, UW-Oshkosh
  • Bailey Roux, UW-Stout
  • Quinn Meinerz, UW-Whitewater
  • Eric Kraus, Wooster
4.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the 1960s

Conference: USA South
Founded as the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; changed name in 2003
Commissioner: Tom Hart
Headquarters: Rome, Ga.
  • Founded: 1963
  • Remaining Charter Members (2): Methodist, North Carolina Wesleyan 
  • Other Core Members (16): Greensboro (1966), Averett (1978), William Peace (2003), Mary Baldwin (2007), Meredith (2007), LaGrange (2012), Maryville (2012), Piedmont (2012), Covenant (2013), Huntingdon (2013), Agnes Scott (2016), Salem (2016), Wesleyan, Ga. (2016), Berea (2017), Brevard (2017), Pfeiffer (2017)
  • Oldest: Maryville (1819)
  • Largest: North Carolina Wesleyan (1,676)
  • Smallest: Salem (552)
  • Longest Trip: 667 miles (Huntingdon to Mary Baldwin)
  • Championship Sports: 18

>> Monday: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5. Comings and Goings
6.  1 Fall Thing

Why do people go to New England in the fall? This is one of the reasons.
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