The focus of this paper is on the roles and experiences of interim administrators in higher education. A survey was given to current and recent interim administrators in four-year public universities and colleges across the United States. The goals were to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using and serving as interims, and to solicit advice for institutions and individuals who are considering the interim role. Results of the study indicate that participants believe there are clear advantages to serving as an interim, such as gaining new skills and a broader perspective of the academic community, but there are also disadvantages, such as a loss of scholarship time and loss of colleague relationships. This paper offers guidance for potential interims and for the institutions where they are employed, as well as recommendations for future research.