Term of Award

Fall 2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Lucindia H. Chance

Committee Member 1

Jessie S. Strickland

Committee Member 2

Abebayehu Tekleselassie

Abstract

While there may not be a standard description of technical college presidents or expectations of performance, men and women who serve as presidents for the Technical College System of Georgia are realists in understanding institutional outcomes are the result of interdependent activities. The system operates with clear goals in mind to promote access to career and technical education, customized training, and workforce development opportunities to all of Georgias citizens by providing learning facilities within 30 minutes of any Georgia community. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between presidential leadership and organizational effectiveness in the Technical College System of Georgia. Therefore, through the lenses of the vice presidents, this research answers the following three questions: (a) to what extent do Georgias technical colleges vary in terms of their effectiveness as measured by graduation rates, retention rates, and job placement rates, (b) to what extent do the differences in Georgias technical colleges effectiveness relate to presidential leadership behavior as measured by Bolman and Deals (1991a) Leadership Orientation (Other) survey instrument, and (c) to what extent does the relationship between presidential leadership and organizational effectiveness gauged by the three accountability measures (graduation rate, retention rate, and job placement rate) depending on institutional (size) and individual (gender and length of service) background characteristics? Bolman and Deals (1991a) Leadership Orientations Inventory (Other) survey instrument was used to collect perception data. Data collected from 67 vice presidents representative of each technical college was analyzed using descriptive procedures to examine question one, Pearsons r to explore question two, and the one-way analysis of variance, t-tests and post hoc testing to examine data related to the independent variables of gender, tenure, college size and state-wide ranking in question three. Based on the perceptions of the vice presidents and in agreement with Bolman and Deals continued leadership research, the findings from this study indicated effective technical college presidents were more likely to use multiple-frame leadership approaches and were perceived to be both effective managers and leaders. Further investigation needs to be done on leadership behaviors of technical college presidents in Georgia.

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