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Working As A Chairperson

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $87,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Chairperson Do

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, the office of the registrar, or student affairs.

Duties

Postsecondary education administrators who work in admissions decide if potential students should be admitted to the school. They typically do the following:

  • Determine how many students to admit to the school
  • Meet with prospective students and encourage them to apply
  • Review applications to determine if each potential student should be admitted
  • Analyze data about applicants and admitted students
  • Prepare promotional materials about the school

Many admissions counselors are assigned a region of the country and travel to that region to speak to high school counselors and students.

Admissions officers often work with the financial aid department, which helps students determine if they are able to afford tuition and creates packages of federal and institutional financial aid, if necessary.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in the registrar’s office, sometimes called registrars, maintain student and course records. They typically do the following:

  • Schedule and register students for classes
  • Schedule space and times for classes
  • Ensure that students meet graduation requirements
  • Plan commencement ceremonies
  • Prepare transcripts and diplomas for students
  • Produce data about students and classes
  • Maintain the academic records of the institution

Registrars have different duties throughout the school year. Before students register for classes, registrars must prepare schedules and course offerings. During registration and for the beginning of the semester, they help students sign up for, drop, and add courses. Toward the end of the semester, they plan graduation and ensure that students meet the requirements to graduate. Registrars need computer skills to create and maintain databases.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in student affairs are responsible for a variety of cocurricular school functions, such as student athletics and activities. They typically do the following:

  • Advise students on topics such as housing issues, personal problems, or academics
  • Communicate with parents or guardians
  • Create, support, and assess nonacademic programs for students
  • Schedule programs and services, such as athletic events or recreational activities

Postsecondary education administrators in student affairs can specialize in student activities, housing and residential life, or multicultural affairs. In student activities, they plan events and advise student clubs and organizations. In housing and residential life, they assign students rooms and roommates, ensure that residential facilities are well maintained, and train student workers, such as residential advisers. Education administrators who specialize in multicultural affairs plan events to celebrate different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, they manage multicultural centers on campus.

Postsecondary education administrators can be provosts or academic deans. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, help college presidents develop academic policies, participate in making faculty appointments and tenure decisions, and manage budgets. Academic deans direct and coordinate the activities of the individual colleges or schools. For example, in a large university, a dean may oversee the law school.

Education administrators’ duties depend on the size of their college or university. Small schools often have smaller staffs who take on many different responsibilities, but larger schools may have different offices for each of these functions. For example, at a small college, the Office of Student Life may oversee student athletics and other activities, whereas a large university may have an Athletics Department.

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How To Become A Chairperson

Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans. 

Education

Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.

Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.

Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.

Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.

Advancement

Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.

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Chairperson Demographics

Gender

Female

53.1%

Male

43.7%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.7%

Asian

9.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

French

13.2%

Chinese

7.0%

Mandarin

5.2%

German

3.7%

Arabic

3.5%

Italian

3.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Japanese

2.3%

Russian

2.2%

Portuguese

1.9%

Korean

1.8%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hebrew

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Swedish

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Bengali

0.5%
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Chairperson Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

9.4%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

University of Alabama

6.3%

University of Florida

5.9%

Iowa State University

5.8%

Florida State University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Michigan State University

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.6%

University of Georgia

4.5%

Cornell University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

Clemson University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.8%

Walden University

3.6%

University of Arizona

3.6%
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Majors

Business

19.6%

Communication

7.3%

Psychology

7.2%

Political Science

6.2%

Marketing

6.0%

Education

5.2%

Nursing

4.9%

Finance

4.5%

Management

4.0%

English

4.0%

Educational Leadership

3.9%

Law

3.8%

Elementary Education

3.8%

Biology

3.3%

Economics

3.2%

Accounting

3.1%

Public Relations

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

History

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.3%

Masters

21.1%

Other

16.0%

Doctorate

8.9%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Chairperson Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chair/Professor Beckman Research Institute of The City of Hope Duarte, CA Sep 07, 2015 $270,000
Chairman Wunderlich Securities, Inc. Memphis, TN Dec 09, 2013 $250,000 -
$290,000
Chairman Wunderlich Securities, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 30, 2015 $250,000 -
$300,000
Chairman El Ad U.S. Holding, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $250,000
Chairman Wunderlich Securities, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 12, 2016 $250,000 -
$320,000
Chairman Capital Guardian, LLC New York, NY Mar 01, 2014 $250,000
Chairman Data Logix, Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 15, 2012 $243,929
Chairman Data Logix, Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 17, 2012 $243,929
Chairman Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. Irving, TX Sep 01, 2015 $187,830
Chairman Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. Irving, TX Jan 09, 2015 $187,830
Chairman TCM Mobile, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $180,000
Endowed Chair Prof., Comp. SCI. Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA May 12, 2016 $170,000
Endowed Chair for The Humanities Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Aug 01, 2012 $165,400
Chair Dept. Elec & Computer Engineering The University of Akron Akron, OH Jun 01, 2013 $165,000
Chairman Southern Cross Group USA, LLC Dallas, TX Dec 15, 2011 $160,000
Searle Curator and Chair of Medieval Through Modern European The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL Jan 10, 2015 $159,695
Searle Curator and Chair of Medieval Through Modern European The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $159,695
Chairman Seaside Transportation Services, LLC CA Sep 13, 2012 $155,160
Endowed Chair Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2010 $155,000
MAX Mcgraw Chair and Professor Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2014 $152,000
The Paschal Vacca Chair of Liberal Arts University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL Jan 01, 2010 $123,600
John E. Mcginty Distinguished Chair of History Salve Regina University Newport, RI Sep 01, 2014 $97,500
Cardin Chair In The Humanities Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2011 $90,000
Visiting Chair, Jewish Studies Program College of Charleston Charleston, SC Aug 15, 2015 $88,045
Chairman Nabta (USA) International Incorporation Irvine, CA Mar 30, 2011 $68,000 -
$120,000
Chair, School of Electronics Technology ITT Educational Services, Inc. Chantilly, VA Jun 24, 2014 $67,438

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Top Skills for A Chairperson

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Top Chairperson Skills

  1. Fraternity Members
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organized volunteering opportunities for fraternity members that revolved around the issue of literacy.
  • Used State approved writing guidelines and templates for curriculum development.
  • Ensured school was in compliance with corporate polices/procedures and accreditation agency requirements.
  • define and measure success in cultural competency; environmental sustainability; financial aid
  • Interacted with sorority members to implement successful conversations with Potential New Members.

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