On some college campuses, the endangered species aren’t in the environmental science textbooks. They’re in the president’s office.
Based on a wide array of real and perceived performance issues, university presidents are facing growing challenges to their powerful roles. New findings by Southern Methodist University researchers reveal that “involuntary” presidential departures rose dramatically between 2007 and 2013.
That was before activists and threats of a boycott by the football team forced the University of Missouri’s president and chancellor to leave in 2015 over claims they were too slow in responding to racial tensions and incidents.