A multiple case study of community college presidents :perceptions of leadership demands and competencies


Fox, David Jeffery.. (2008). A multiple case study of community college presidents :perceptions of leadership demands and competencies. Theses and Dissertations Collection, University of Idaho Library Digital Collections.

A multiple case study of community college presidents :perceptions of leadership demands and competencies
Fox, David Jeffery.
Community college presidents--Job descriptions--Case studies
Projections indicate that there will be a shortage of community college presidents by 2011. Consequently, hiring agencies must consider the next generation of community college presidents, asking how new presidents will receive their training, what their background and expertise should be, how they will address leadership in the areas of technology, politics, advancement, and community business partnerships, and finally, what sort of leadership style will best match an institution.;This multiple case study examined five community college presidents' perceptions of the demands and competencies of community college presidential leadership. The participants were chosen using a purposeful selection method. Ages ranged from 46 to 63 years old (mean = 56 years, SD = 6.15 years). The tenure at their current college ranged from less than one year to over twenty-four years. The interview data was processed into an elite portrait of each president, and from those portraits, conclusions were drawn about the demands and competencies of the community college presidency.;The five elite portraits were rich narrative accounts of community college presidencies in their own words, and their perceptions provided an important addition to community college leadership studies, revealing information that may be useful for hiring entities at post-secondary institutions, governing agencies, and potential community college presidents. Participants offered perspectives on leadership, the parameters of the office of the president, and relationships between the president and various constituencies such as governing agencies, students, and community. The participants also shared views on mentoring and gender issues in higher education as well as the changing role of the community college presidency. Additionally, participants recommended that new or aspiring community college presidents should have practical experience in advancement and politics and should examine personal qualities and leadership style through planned formal and informal study and reflection.
Thesis (Ph. D., Education)--University of Idaho, May 2008.
Major Professor:
Russell A. Joki.
Defense Date:
May 2008.
Format Original:
xi, 251 leaves ;29 cm.

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