Gray Hair and a Doctorate: A Prerequisite to Being a Good Education Administrator?
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 3 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-3-March-2006
Traditionally, from a very young age, children are taught to respect their elders. This tradition tends to
carry over to their adult lives when they enter the work arena. Age means experience and knowledge,
and these young pups who come in wagging their tails and jumping around, so full of excitement and
new ideas, must be taught to calm down and control themselves. Let’s face it; we don’t need any
messes on the carpet. Nowhere is this contrast between young energy and older experience more
evident than in the world of academia.
I currently hold an upper level administrative position at a small private college. At the age of 30, this is
almost unheard of, and the people I meet in the higher education field don’t quite know what to do with
me. How can I possibly be qualified for a position like this? And without a Ph.D.? Surely there must be
some mistake. Clearly, the president of the college must have lost his mind for a moment.