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What does the academic term President mean in higher education?


President definition

Short Definition

President is the top executive officer of a college or university, responsible for overseeing its operations, finances and strategic planning.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: The term "President" in the context of higher education refers to the highest-ranking administrative officer of a university or college. The president is typically responsible for overseeing the institution's overall operations, setting its strategic direction, managing academic and administrative staff, representing the university to external stakeholders and ensuring its financial stability and growth.

Etymology: The word "President" has Latin origins, derived from "praesidens", which means "sitting before" or "presiding over". In a university context, it signifies a leader who presides over the institution's affairs and decision-making.

Synonyms or related academic terms:

  • University Chancellor
  • University Chief Executive
  • University Head

Examples of Use:

  • The President of the university announced a new scholarship program to support underprivileged students.
  • During the commencement ceremony, the President conferred degrees upon the graduating class.
  • The university's President met with alumni to discuss fundraising initiatives for campus improvements.

Spanish: Presidente
French: Président
German: Präsident
Italian: Presidente
Portuguese: Presidente
Japanese: 大学長 (Daigakuchō)
Chinese (Simplified): 校长 (Xiàozhǎng)
Hindi: अध्यक्ष (Adhyaksh)

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Miscellaneous higher education terms > University roles and job titles

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