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ERIC Number: ED556867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 237
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-0736-7
The Female African American Presidents in Higher Education: Is There a Particular Journey toward Their Presidencies?
Bennett, Vernell Anntoinette
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky
The rate of diversification in the academic president's office has been slow for decades. At least 25% of academic presidents are white males approaching retirement age. A potential wave of retirements means there is an opportunity to create greater diversity in the presidency. Although there are qualified, interested and capable African American females in the education field, few hold the position of college president. Therefore, we don't know much about their rare journeys. The literature is especially limited regarding the African American woman's ascension to an academic presidency. The objective of this study is to examine the variables that may influence, encourage or discourage the successful journey of African American females toward an academic presidency. One of the main goals of my research is to reveal the journeys, meaning educational preparation, trainings, career paths, and experiences of female African American presidents. I also intend to learn if there exist factors that are causing the small representation of female African American presidents in higher education. The reported findings of this study will potentially enable more female African American college presidential aspirants to complete their journeys toward a presidency by providing a general blueprint of what it takes to get there. [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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