Take this job and shove it

While this story is centered on Missouri, the same concerns seem to trending nationwide.  The head lies uneasy, I'm afraid.  From STLToday.com.

Does anyone want to be chancellor anymore?

Someone needs to hang a bunch of "help wanted" signs outside the offices of a half dozen or so local university presidents and chancellors.

Following a spate of vacancies — brought on by illness, change of heart, scandal and retirement — several of the region's top schools find themselves searching for leaders just as higher education struggles through one of the worst economic periods in recent history.

Insiders and search consultants say there's no reason to think this area is suffering more than others in terms of leadership loss. But they also say no one should be surprised to see campus chiefs bowing out — even those relatively new to the job.

In the best of times, these are demanding posts, requiring enormous time commitments. But today's presidents and chancellors also find themselves trying to balance tight budgets, while facing the scrutiny of parents, students, faculty, alumni and politicians.

"You build up a lot of antagonism after a few years. It gets harder and harder to deal with it," said Michael Baer, a search consultant with Washington-based Isaacson, Miller. "It's a much more difficult position than it used to be."

It's difficult to say how many schools nationwide are searching for new presidents. But there are reasons to believe the number is growing.


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