Last month, Trinity College, a predominantly white, elite, liberal arts school in Hartford, Connecticut, appointed its first African-American and female president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney. Berger-Sweeney’s appointment has drawn attention to a somewhat dismal statistic.
The number of women who lead colleges nationwide has increased, although the numbers are few. And the number of presidents who are people of color has actually declined slightly, only 13 percent nationally. Berger-Sweeney feels the pressure.
Since August, Westfield State University president Evan Dobellefor expenditures he said he made while trying to boost the school’s financial support and brand.
Dobelle is the latest in an increasing number of college presidents to face scrutiny during this age of diminishing resources.
Former Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville talked about the challenges facing college presidents on Greater Boston: