College leadership is a visible role, not only for the leader himself, but also for his or her spouse. The increased scrutiny has led to trouble for a number of couples. Marjorie Valbrun discusses recent cases of misconduct and what we can learn from them in her article from Inside Higher Ed. She writes:
Modern presidential spouses or partners are also individuals, however, and don’t necessarily want to be seen as mere appendages of the presidents to whom they happen to be married. The spouses and partners often have their own careers and interests that don’t revolve around the job of the president. Being mindful of how their actions or statements may be viewed on and off campus is one thing; being focused on this full-time is another.