In 2018, the Women’s Power Gap Initiative published its first report on women’s leadership at the highest levels within Massachusetts’ institutions of higher education. This 2019 report yields some real progress.
- There were 14 presidential transitions for the 2018/2019 academic year, and women were selected for 50% of the, adding a total of five net new women presidents to the field.
- Women now hold 34 of 92 presidencies or 37%, which is a significant gain over the 31% they held in 2018.
- Three institutions: Massasoit Community College, Williams College, and the New England Conservatory of Music, welcomed their first female presidents.
Academic year 2018/2019 data show both progress and challenges among Massachusetts’ institutions of higher education.
- 50% of the 14 new presidents appointed during academic year 2019 were women.
- Three schools – Massasoit Community College, Williams College, and the New England Conservatory of Music, welcomed their first female presidents.
- Massachusetts’ 15 community college presidents count 8 women and 4 women of color.
- The pipeline is full! Women are 48% of all provosts and 55% of all deans and senior leadership team members statewide.
- State universities and community colleges have reached gender parity among their board members.
- Number of schools that have never had a female president: 30.
- Number of doctoral universities with a female board chair: 0.
- Glass Ceiling? If women are half of provosts and deans, why are they only 37% of all presidents?
- Women lead only 22% of our doctoral universities and none were women of color.
- There are no female presidents among our 9 state universities.
- Of the 92 presidents represented in this study, only 6 are women of color.
- Percentage of female board chairs among our 25 public college/university boards: 24%, and 0 are women of color.
The index ranks 87 institutions of higher education in Massachusetts by their gender parity among key levels of leadership. You can sort by column headings below or use the search function. To learn more about how we calculated this data, please see Page 36.
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