Shorter tenure, higher turnover among college presidents

Friday, July 12, 2013

Daniel H. Weiss stepped into the presidency at Haverford College this month - a full 14 months after accepting the job.

The Main Line liberal arts school agreed to wait longer than usual so Weiss could finish his eight-year tenure at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., on good terms; Lafayette will name a theater after Weiss and his wife.

"It's nice to go out in a way in which people are pleased with the work accomplished," said Weiss, an art-history scholar.

In the Philadelphia region, several presidential departures in recent months, including those at Arcadia University and Bryn Mawr and Cabrini Colleges, have been much more abrupt and in some cases less collegial.

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