Community Colleges Face a Crisis of Leadership

Most presidents will retire in the next decade, and the pool of replacements is shallow

Finding two-year-college presidents isn't as easy as it used to be.

Ask David B. Wolf, who is so concerned about a dearth of well-prepared applicants for the jobs in his home state of California that he helped start a project there last year to train community-college leaders.

"There was a day when you would get 70, 80, 90, well over 100 applicants, half of whom would have the full range of qualifications you were looking for. You could be enthusiastic about it," says Mr.