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ERIC Number: ED546722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 291
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-9474-0
Superintendent Search and Selection Processes in the State of Wisconsin: Seeking the Best Match
Olson, Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University
Local school boards have the responsibility to select school superintendents to lead their districts. The process by which school boards go about searching for and selecting a superintendent varies. In Wisconsin, school boards have the option to hire a search firm or other outside assistance, or they can choose to search for and select a superintendent on their own (Wisconsin Association of School Boards, 2010). School districts in Wisconsin currently utilize all of these options. Little data exists in analyzing the search and selection processes of a superintendent after the superintendent has been employed in the district and the match it provided. The purpose of this study was to provide public school districts in Wisconsin guidance in choosing a search and selection process which provides the best match between a school district and a superintendent. This study was important as it examined and interpreted processes to replace superintendents and the success factors associated with these processes in Wisconsin. This mixed methods sequential explanatory study was grounded in the methodological, social constructivism approach. The findings of the study further inform fields of study associated with the school district superintendency and human resources management. Given the findings of this study, school districts using data to determine district needs and recognizing stakeholder expectations in the district reported a better match between the school district and the superintendent. Furthermore, those districts who employed a wider range of stakeholders in the search and selection process, described a better match. The study also found the level of self-identified strengths by a superintendent which were aligned to the stated district needs of a school board provided a higher rating of match. This study may have implications for practitioners in the state of Wisconsin and states with similar school board governance structure regarding future superintendent search and selection practices and their effectiveness. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin