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Abstract

In the late 19th century, Catholic school superintendents recognized the need for help in overseeing Catholic schools. Religious congregations established the role of community supervisor, which paved the way for the present role of the associate superintendent as a way to give support to teachers and administrators and to encourage accountability in Catholic education. This study was conducted to define and bring to light the critical importance of this role of leadership. For the purposes of this article, the term “associate superintendent” will be used, although the authors are aware that other terms for this role are used in various dioceses. This descriptive study of five dioceses located within one state, based in the four variables of leadership, power, organizational structure, and areas of responsibility, utilized a quantitative and qualitative approach to define this role. A definition for this role of leadership was constructed from the findings.

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