Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In search of leadership: A look at women presidents in Georgia's two-year colleges and technical colleges
by Terry, Ernita J., Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 121; 3307545
Abstract (Summary)

In the new millennium, women continue to have a strong presence in the work force. The acceleration of their entry into the profession creates opportunities for leadership and advancement in all fields. In higher education, women continue to have an increasing presence on today's college campuses. Women serve in various leadership positions including dean, provost, vice president, and president. While women have made advancements in leadership positions in community colleges and technical colleges, the gains have been slight. The purpose of this research was to present a phenomenological study that examined the lived experiences of women presidents in Georgia's 2-year colleges and technical colleges, including their career paths/preparations, and any obstacles they encountered. Women from Georgia's 2-year colleges and technical colleges were invited to describe their lived experiences in aspiring to positions of leadership. The data analysis indicated that 43% of all the factors, the participants in this research perceived as being important to their successful accession to the leadership position of president of a 2-year or technical college in the State of Georgia, were categorized as Experiential themes, reflecting Preparation Factors, involving their jobs (career paths/strategies/mapping). The second highest percentage of such comments (19.9%) was categorized as Education themes reflecting Preparation Factors and involved such activities as obtaining advanced degrees, continuous studying, and learning/knowledge.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wellington, Eric
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 69/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community colleges, Womens studies, School administration, Higher education
Keywords: Community colleges, Georgia, Leadership, Presidents, Technical colleges, Women, Women administrators
Publication Number: 3307545
ISBN: 978-0-549-56487-4
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