Profile of Chief Academic Officers

Brent D. Cejda, Kirsten L. Rewey

Abstract


Chief Academic Officer (CAO) is the most common position title before assuming the presidency of a college or university. Results from a national survey are used to develop a profile of the CAO in each respective Carnegie institutional classification. The typical CAO in four-year institutions is Caucasian, male, 54 years old, and married. He holds a doctoral degree, most likely in humanities or social sciences, and has held the CAO position for 5 or fewer years. Most often, the CAO served as a Dean or Associate Dean in the previous position. All CAOs have classroom experience, but 3% have never taught full-time. With only slight variances among the percentages, these characteristics are similar for each of the respective Carnegie classifications. Comparisons are also made between the characteristics of presidents and CAOs.

Keywords


Presidency; Carnegie Classification; College; University; Caucasian; Chief Academic Officer

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v9n36.2001

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