Women’s power gap exists at top of Mass. colleges and universities

Boston Business Journal
By Catherine Carlock
September 27, 2018

Women represent 57 percent of all college and university students in the commonwealth, but just 31 percent of presidents and chancellors of institutions statewide are women, according to a first-of-its-kind study that’s being hailed as a wake-up call to higher-education leaders across the commonwealth.

The study — The Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education — was spearheaded by the nonprofit Eos Foundation in partnership with the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston. 

Among the 17 largest public and private universities in the commonwealth, none have a woman as board chair, the study shows. Twenty-six schools have boards composed of fewer than 30 percent female members — and 14 have no women on their boards nor a female president. And of the 94 presidents represented in the study, just five are women of color.

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