Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education


The topic of this dissertation was the hiring practices of college and university presidents. This particular study focused on a rural college in the Southeast United States and perceived governance as it pertains to selecting a president to lead the institution. This qualitative study utilized a case study format to answer the question of the relationship between hiring a university president and the influence of governing board members, key faculty and staff, student/alumni leaders, and individuals that have the knowledge or were associated with the hiring practices of the university president at a rural university in the southeast United States. Data were collected through a series of interviews and the use of historical documentation such as board minutes and newspaper articles.

Keywords: chief executive officer, college and university presidents, leadership, board of directors, superintendents

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