New Report Shows Significant Increase in Number of Women of Color leading MA Colleges and Universities

June 15, 2021

BOSTONJune 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — When it comes to higher education leadership in the Commonwealth, there is good news: the number of female college and university presidents is increasing, women of color have more than doubled over the past three years, and six institutions have welcomed their first women presidents. It’s evidence that intentionality is working, according to the Massachusetts College and University Presidents Progress Snapshot, which followed the hiring of presidents from 2018 to 2021. The update was issued Monday by the Women’s Power Gap Initiative of the Eos Foundation.

“We cannot emphasize enough how significant these gains are,” said Andrea Silbert, President of Eos. “Bringing attention to the underrepresentation of women and BIPOC leaders in 2018 and working in partnership with a dedicated group of college and university presidents over the past three years has led to significant gains, particularly for Black women leaders. We are trending in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done.”

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