Date Approved

6-12-2007

Embargo Period

3-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

Leadership; Student affairs administrators

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the leadership competencies commonly exhibited by selected student affairs professionals at a 4-year public university in the northeast. To have a deeper understanding of leadership within the field of student affairs, issues and concerns were investigated using relevant leadership theories (Eddy & VanDerLinden, 2006). The study sought to close the gap in the literature base by examining a division of student affairs from the director (or equivalent positions) up to the vice president of the division.

Twenty one participants were selected because of their rank of senior level student affairs professionals at Public University. Of these 21 individuals 19 participated in the study. All participants completed Linkage Incorporated's Leadership Assessment Instrument (LAI), and an interview conducted by the researcher.

The findings suggested that selected administrators at Public University employ all five leadership competencies evenly, and their concerns are strongly related to their chosen leadership practice.

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