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ERIC Number: ED556602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 111
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-1929-5
Lifting as We Climb: A Multiple Case Study of Succession Planning in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Adams, Thomas M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Regent University
The nation is facing a shortage of qualified, highly skilled workers. Higher education is not exempt from this phenomenon. In fact, it may be more greatly impacted by the relative age of its workforce and the level of credentials needed to obtain faculty and high-level administrative positions within colleges and universities. As the majority of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) presidents are in their sixties and nearing retirement age, there is a pending leadership crisis in these institutions. HBCUs must be pragmatic and diligent in preparing to address the intellectual vacuum that will ensue when its educational leaders transition from the labor force. This qualitative multiple case study approach investigates the existence of succession planning in HBCUs. Specifically, an in-depth understanding of the existence of succession planning and barriers, if any, identified in the implementation of success plans by HBCU presidents is examined. Five research questions guided this study, and the findings revealed a major and a secondary theme. The major theme titled "Higher Education Academic Environment" identified the restraints these presidents encountered inherent in the overall environment of higher education to implementing succession planning. A secondary theme titled "Uniqueness of HBCUs" identified dynamics specifically related to HBCUs that presidents of these institutions must understand when attempting to implement succession planning. Continued and further research is needed given the uniqueness identified in presiding at HBCUs, the projected silver tsunami of exiting leadership, and the largely nonexistent scholarly data exploring organizational capacity and development activities of the American treasure collectively known as HBCUs. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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