The Vermont Connection


Shane McGoey


This study examined a sample of senior student affairs officers (n=22) who successfully attained the presidency at an institution of higher education. An analysis of participants’ vitae was used to examine three areas that seem historically vital for a successful college president: teaching/research, fundraising, and administrative experience. Results indicate that senior student affairs officers who have attained the college or university presidency possess strong backgrounds in two of the three areas identified above; specifically, senior student affairs officers’ experience in teaching/research and administration were strong. Conversely, experience in fundraising was lacking among many of the participants surveyed.