Fisher comments on leadership changes in U.S. architecture schools

While announcing new deans at six leading architecture schools, Architectural Record notes in its July 12, 2010, issue that the pace of turnovers among deans and other administrators in top architecture schools appears to reflect a trend toward shortened tenures, the result, some say, of burnout.

College of Design Dean Tom Fisher, outgoing president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, comments that today's deans are now involved in multiple activities such as fundraising and teaching as well as administrating.

Leading a school "can be a grueling, relentless job because we're pulled in so many directions, " he said. Fisher also attributes the faster turnover rate to "the hyperspeed of our culture."