Leadership Succession Planning in Higher Education

Academic Leader

Higher education institutions generally do not engage in succession planning—defined by Cheryl Richards, regional dean and executive at Northeastern University’s Charlotte Campus, as “a deliberate and systematic process by which institutions of higher education identify, develop, and assess internal employees for future leadership positions.” In an interview with Academic Leader, Richards discussed reasons why succession planning is uncommon in higher education, why it’s needed, and how to bring it about.  

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