Siblings, College Presidents

On Monday the University of Connecticut picked Georgia academic administrator Susan Herbst to be the university’s next president. It’s something of a family business. Her brother, Jeffrey Herbst, is the president of Colgate University.

Inside Higher Ed pointed out that the Herbsts aren’t the only college president sibling pairs.

Kenneth Ender is the president of Illinois’s Harper College. His twin brother Steven is the president of Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College.

It’s apparently not even necessary to move far away from each other in order for siblings to become college presidents. In October, 2009 John Hurley became the president of Buffalo’s Canisius College. His brother Paul is the president Trocaire College, about 10 miles away.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer