Financial, political pressures shake up higher-education leadership

02/18/2013 | InsideHigherEd.com

As University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp leaves his position, he joins a small but growing trend of university leaders stepping down to teach again or join the private sector. Financial and political pressures are among those that can sometimes play a role in leadership shakeups, officials have said. "Individuals who are presidents or chancellors at public universities are doing an extremely difficult job often with tremendous dedication. And they essentially give up all private life," said Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities.

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