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ERIC Number: ED442434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 19
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The Nexus between Academic Deans and Corporate CEOs: An Opportunity in the Making.
Wolverton, Mimi; Poch, Susan
This study points out the similarities between the backgrounds of corporate chief executive officers (CEOs) and academic deans. It notes that most CEOs are fairly well educated white males who rose through the ranks of middle management to reach their current positions; the typical dean has a doctoral degree, has often been a department chair or associate dean, and is white, male, and middle-aged. This study explores the influences--parental expectations and participation in school and college leadership activities--that relate to adults as leaders, examining these findings in relation to a study of academic deanship conducted by the Center for Academic Leadership at Washington State University. Almost 70 percent of respondents in the latter study characterized their parents as stressing high standards of excellence during their formative years. Most deans also participated in one or more youth leadership activities, with the majority choosing community-oriented activities. This paper finds that the formative experiences of academic deans and corporate CEOs are similar; parental expectations for both groups are high; both groups have comparable academic backgrounds, and both groups hone their leadership skills in high school and college. Therefore, the paper suggests, reciprocal networking and mentoring between corporations and universities could benefit all those involved. (Contains 27 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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