The American college president : a study of HBCU and non-HBCU college presidents

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Kenneth Wilfred Chandler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gerald Ponder

Abstract: "Higher education institutions face an environment that is increasingly multicultural. However the presidency continues to be dominated by Anglo-European males (89.3%) as reported by the American Council on Education (ACE). Since the position of president is a highly sought position, insight into the preparation for the presidency can be a valuable tool to those who aspire to the position as well as for analysts of higher education leadership. This study adds to the limited literature on the preparation, backgrounds and crucial workplace issues of presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and non-HBCUs. This mixed method study was conducted in two phases: phase one involved determining which demographic, occupational, and other characteristics of presidents of HBCU and non-HBCU institutions are similar or different from each other. The data elements used in this study were provided by the American Council on Education. Phase two involved a set of open-ended, semi-structured interviews to elaborate and inform the statistically significant quantitative differences noted in the first set of analysis. Twenty participants were asked to describe the experiences that shaped their development and led them to the role of president of either an HBCU or Non-HBCU four-year institution of higher education. The participant population was HBCU and non-HBCU presidents of four-year accredited degree granting institutions of higher education. A purposive sampling strategy reflecting a variation of the size of institution, public versus non-public, region of the country, and institutional mission served as the basis for selecting participants. Findings indicate that presidents of HBCUs and non-HBCUs could not be distinguished on the basis of their educational background; that the experiences achieved and experiences that presidents wish they had more of prior to assuming the presidency were similar; and that HBCU presidents compared to non-HBCU presidents can be distinguished by the issues and concerns that dominate their actions (such as planning, fundraising and student issues). This study also provides recommendations for further research in policy and practice."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2006
Higher education, institutions, multicultural, presidency, Anglo-European males, American Council on Education (ACE)
African American college presidents
College presidents--United States
African American universities and colleges
Universities and colleges--United States--Cross-cultural studies

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