Here’s a list of the 9 presidents of academic insitutions in the USA who were forced out by student-staff concerns in the past year.
This list is taken from The Chronicle Of Higher Education which also has a good discussion between 3 experienced presidents on why new presidents get into trouble:
” A new president is well advised to spend the first year just learning the culture and assessing the people, and the second year working with the faculty and with the trustees and with others in developing some kind of a strategic plan and then spending the rest of his or her time there attempting to carry that out.”
” New leaders can quickly get into trouble. Particularly if they come into the role, they haven’t built up a support base, and they make a couple of mistakes. The new presidents often take on too much, they implement a change agenda without having built up their support base, they have done very little leading with their ears, and they create relationship problems.”
” I’ve never heard anybody complain about new presidents in trouble over the goals. It’s always over the methods and the relationships — the lack of them.”
The list of ejected presidents:
January 27, 2006
President Carol C. Harter
U. of Nevada at Las Vegas
News of Ms. Harter’s resignation is leaked to the news media. Although she did not give a reason for her departure, two university regents said she clashed with James E. Rogers, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and that he forced her out.
February 1, 2006
President Paula D. Cunningham
Lansing Community College
Ms. Cunningham resigns after weeks of public conflict with members of the college’s governing board. She had been dogged by the release of a report by a board committee that looked into major glitches in the college’s student-aid software.
February 21, 2006
President Lawrence H. Summers
Mr. Summers resigns in advance of a no-confidence vote by the university’s arts-and-sciences faculty, which approved a similar measure one year earlier. Mr. Summers had several high-profile clashes with faculty members over his management style and public statements.
March 15, 2006
President Edward R. Hundert
Case Western Reserve U.
Mr. Hundert resigns two weeks after a group of faculty members voted no confidence in his leadership. Faculty members, nervous about the university’s $40-million budget deficit, criticized Mr. Hundert over fund-raising and budget projections.
April 17, 2006
President Priscilla D. Slade
Texas Southern U.
The university’s board votes to fire Ms. Slade after an internal audit found that she misspent $647,949 in university money on personal expenses over the last seven years. Ms. Slade, who has contested the audit’s findings, faces a criminal investigation.
May 2, 2006
President Jesus Carreon
Dallas County Community College District
Mr. Carreon resigns after clashing often with faculty members during his three-year tenure. The system’s first Latino president, Mr. Carreon had widespread local support, but faculty members criticized his leadership style.
May 3, 2006
President Scott D. Miller
Wesley College (Del.)
Mr. Miller weathers an evenly split faculty vote on a no-confidence measure. The vote took place after a professor identified plagiarism in writing attributed to Mr. Miller. A subsequent review by an independent panel was undecided on whether Mr. Miller was at fault.
May 4, 2006
President Lloyd W. Benjamin III
Indiana State U.
The university’s Faculty Senate votes no confidence in Mr. Benjamin. Faculty members criticized the “insensitivity” and leadership style of Mr. Benjamin, who received a $25,000 raise in the midst of a university budget cut. Mr. Benjamin donated the raise toward construction of a new student center.
May 15, 2006
President R. Wayne Branch
Faculty members overwhelmingly vote no confidence in Mr. Branch, who has been the two-year institution’s president for three years. The measure criticized Mr. Branch’s commitment to shared governance, and a faculty member called his leadership style “autocratic.”