The Boston Club and Goodwin – The Thirty Percent: Women Leaders in Higher Ed

January 21, 2020 | 5:30 PM
Goodwin's Boston Office, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts


Join us over dinner and drinks, in an intimate setting, to hear from esteemed women leading the educational front. Discover how each rose to the top in a field still dominated by men.

  • In 2016, almost 33 percent of public colleges and universities had women presidents, compared to 27.3 percent of private nonprofits. Community colleges were the most likely to have women presidents, with about 36 percent headed by women.
  • Women were more likely to lead public institutions than private institutions. They were more likely than men to lead public special focus institutions.
  • The percentage of minority college presidents has slowly increased over the last 30 years. Women of color, however, hold only 5% of the positions.
  • In 2016, college presidents spent most of their time on financial management and fundraising.

Higher education is evolving from both academic and financial standpoints. How do institutions innovate more even as budgets shrink? How can campuses retool business models, adapt education to meet employers' needs, support remote campuses, and use other innovations to strengthen core commitments? How do they differentiate themselves, establish a trustworthy brand, as other institutions close? Seize this unique opportunity to gain insights about the changing face of education firsthand from the presidents of colleges and universities in the greater Boston area and their unique approach to leadership.

Goodwin's Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Regina Pisa, will serve as the program's moderator.

For more information, please visit the event website here.