When a small LAC goes looking for a new President...

Curious to know how long does that process typically take? (Granted there is probably a huge range…)

That number varies based on the circumstances of the prior presidents departure. Ideally there is a seamless handover after a search is undertaken while the incumbent remains in office. The more unexpected the departure and or the more challenging the circumstances, the longer it will typically take.

The tenure in which presidents typically stay in role is probably a more consistent and measurable comparison. The chronicle of higher learning finds the following…

“According to a 2017 survey conducted every five years by the American Council on Education, the average tenure for college leaders was 6.5 years in 2016, down from 8.5 years a decade before. That’s a signal of a harder job, said Jonathan S. Gagliardi, a co-author of a report on the survey, at the time. “That it has shortened does suggest a level of volatility that may not have been previously present,” he said.”

Hope this helps.