Jan Greenwood, an executive search consultant who specializes in higher education and is president of Greenwood/Asher & Associates, said presidents who come from industry, and not higher education, often have a particularly difficult time responding to student activism and concerns over race and equity.
“One of the biggest topics right now is diversity and racism and developing a university that is responsive, not after the fact but before the fact,” she said. “These nuances get missed [and] it’s very important to be able to understand those and understand the intensity. That is an area of extraordinary concern.”
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