Female leadership lags at public colleges

Boston Globe
By Laura Krantz
September 27, 2018

More than half of Massachusetts college students are women, and women earn the majority of doctoral degrees. But while nearly half of all private college presidents are women, just one of the 15 state universities has a female president, according to a new study released Wednesday.

Women serve as presidents of 48 percent of all private colleges in the state, the study of gender parity in Massachusetts higher education found. Community colleges are not far behind, with women holding 40 percent of their presidencies as of June 2018. (Since then, that figure has increased to 53 percent.)

Men are still in charge of the vast majority of college boards of trustees, however. Women lead just 20 percent of all the boards, including 31 percent of the boards of private colleges.

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