The benefit of co-presidencies in higher ed

May 28, 2018

In response to the recent surge of resignations by university and college presidents in the US, Brandy Forrest, Chris Forrest, and Karen Gross write that co-presidencies can be a viable alternative to the current leadership model. The authors offer two analogous scenarios of co-leadership—pilots in two-seat jetfighters and the co-regencies of Ancient Egypt—to “demonstrate the capacity of actual leaders to park their egos in place for the sake and safety of others and to provide guidance, stability and direction.” According to Forrest, Forrest, and Gross, university presidents, like fighter pilots and co-regents, strive toward a “higher goal” that can be best met by pairing leaders with differing skill sets and experience. Inside Higher Ed