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University Presidents’ Perspectives of the Knowledge and Competencies Needed in 21st Century Higher Education Leadership
Journal of Educational Leadership in Action (2013)
  • Sydney Freeman, Jr., Tuskegee University
  • Frances K. Kochan, Auburn University Main Campus
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the core knowledge and competencies needed for executive leadership in higher education administration as perceived by university presidents. Thirteen presidents shared the knowledge and competencies they perceived as being essential for an effective presidency. The respondents identified the important knowledge areas as: foundational; acquisition of cultural knowledge; and complex cognitive. They viewed personal attributes, management, and communications as the essential competency areas. The study found that presidents viewed themselves both as leaders and as managers. Results of this study should be helpful to organizations seeking to develop and/or implement degree programs to prepare individuals for the presidency. The results may also be helpful to those seeking to provide professional development materials and activities to prepare or develop individuals for this role.

Keywords
  • university presidents,
  • knowledege,
  • competencies,
  • 21st century
Publication Date
Spring 2013
Citation Information
Sydney Freeman and Frances K. Kochan. "University Presidents’ Perspectives of the Knowledge and Competencies Needed in 21st Century Higher Education Leadership" Journal of Educational Leadership in Action Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sydney_freeman_jr/22/