Date of Award

2020

Access Restriction

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctorate in Education

Department

Education

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Antonia Darder, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

William Parham, Ph.D., ABPP

Third Advisor

Kofi Lomotey, Ph.D.

Abstract

Students on college and university campuses across the United States are becoming more racially diverse. However, leadership on college campuses is not trending toward more diversity, particularly in higher administrative posts such as the presidency. To better understand this stagnate trend of college president diversity, this critical narrative study examined the lived experiences and insights of six current or former college presidents who identify as Black. The participants in this study are a unique cohort of individuals who have served as presidents/chancellors at institutions where Black students are not the majority ethnic/racial group on campus.

More specifically, this study sought to capture their lived experience as they ascended to the presidency and collected their perspectives on what is needed to dismantle barriers that have prevented the evolution of more diverse leadership. Moreover, their stories offer salient insights and recommendations regarding what needs to be employed to increase Black leadership at higher education institutions. Lastly, the study attempts to offer a playbook for understanding this phenomenon and thus, supporting the formation, recruitment, and hiring of more Black presidents on college campuses in the future.

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