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Career, educational, and demographic profiles of public university presidents in five southern states


2004 2004

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Individuals aspiring to become presidents at public universities could benefit from information on current presidents and the personal, educational, and career experiences that may have impacted their career development. While there is an abundance of demographic information on college, university, and community college presidents, there is little information in the professional literature specifically on the personal, educational, and career experiences that affect their career development. The majority of the literature on public university presidents consists of demographic summaries, biographies, case studies, and memoirs of retired presidents. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of possible personal, educational, and career experiences affecting presidential career development for public university presidents.

This study employed a qualitative multiple-case study approach. Fifty-seven public university presidents from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia shared their curriculum vitas and personal biographies with the researcher. All documents were analyzed and data related to personal, educational, and career experiences, along with demographics, were extracted and placed into a series of matrices. Through the use of content analysis and constant comparative method, the researcher was able to develop career, educational, and demographic profiles of the public university presidents, and determine the personal, educational, and career experiences that may have impacted their career development.

The key findings of this study indicate that the typical public university president in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia is a Caucasian male, in his 50s, married, and holds a doctoral degree. Also, the majority of public university presidents in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia had some geographical connection to the southern United States prior to being appointed president. Finally, while many of the presidents had work experience external to higher education, most public university presidencies followed an academic career path.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Higher education
Classification
0514: School administration
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Career profile; Demographic profile; Educational profile; University presidents
Title
Career, educational, and demographic profiles of public university presidents in five southern states
Author
Alejandro, Jeffery E.
Number of pages
246
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0600
Source
DAI-A 65/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0496081950, 9780496081950
Advisor
Eakin, Richard R.
University/institution
East Carolina University
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3148834
ProQuest document ID
305084392
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305084392
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