Failed university presidencies share pattern of poor support, communication

April 12, 2016

Within the last decade, there “has been an alarming increase in the failure rates of Canadian university presidents,” writes Ross Paul, former president of Laurentian University and the University of Windsor. Over 25% of Canadian university presidents in the past decade have reportedly failed to complete their first term, and Paul highlights the similarities that appear between several high profile examples of such situations. He explains that many “presidential failures” have certain common characteristics, such as a lack of transitional support from the board for the new president, communication difficulties between the president and board members, and confusion about the role of the board. University World News