Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 145 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Mitch Leventhal

Committee Members

Teniell Trolian, Shawn Long


academic backgrounds, career path, college and university presidents, presidential success, College presidents

Subject Categories

Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Higher Education Administration


Higher education in the United States has grown from a single course designed to educate administrators and faculty to serve within colleges and universities, to a robust field of study with hundreds of graduate programs across the country. Despite a lengthy body of research on college and university presidents, there is little to no research that demonstrates the efficacy of higher education programs to prepare their graduates to serve as presidents. Additionally, an anticipated leadership shortage is on the horizon, as the current generation of presidents nears retirement age. It is important to learn more about the backgrounds of current presidents and to ascertain if there is a relationship between those backgrounds and success in the presidential role.