Another queen sacrifice might be in the works, this time in Virginia

Bryan Alexander
4 min readFeb 27

How can a non-profit respond to financial stresses? In non-profit higher education one response is to cut back on services and staff.

When a college or university does this, I call it a “queen sacrifice.” That’s a term from chess, when a player gives up their most powerful piece — the queen — in a desperate move to win the game. On campuses, tenure-track faculty often play this role, given their governance power and the long-term protections tenure provides, compared with adjunct faculty and all staff members. I’ve…

Bryan Alexander

Futurist, speaker, writer, educator. Author of the FTTE report, UNIVERSITIES ON FIRE, and ACADEMIA NEXT. Creator of The Future Trends Forum.