ERIC Number: EJ1032537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Lessons Learned from Former College Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: A Phenomenological Study
Tunheim, Katherine A.; McLean, Gary N.
Christian Higher Education, v13 n3 p199-210 2014
This phenomenological study examined the lived experiences of ten Lutheran (ELCA) college presidents who had transitioned from the presidency. The purpose of this research was to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of former college presidents who were associated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) colleges. The results of this research include significant and meaningful lessons learned by these former presidents during the process of exiting from the presidency that may be helpful for current and future college presidents. Among other findings, it was surprising to discover how poorly presidents had felt prepared for their positions and how critically important it was for presidential selection committees to assess fit of the president with the culture of the institution. Major implications for practice included the need to prepare better for taking on the position, including meeting with the outgoing president, working closely with the board chair, and collaborating with faculty.
Descriptors: Christianity, College Presidents, Administrator Attitudes, Phenomenology, Church Related Colleges, Role Perception, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Hermeneutics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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