Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Higher Education, Interim, Leadership
Higher education, like any other field, goes through constant change. It is not uncommon to see constant changes in administration in institutions of higher education. In many of these cases, an interim administration is hired to provide transition, stability, and time to find the best candidate to serve in a permanent capacity. Research has indicated that leadership turnover in higher education is continual and is most often seen at the dean level. During these times, well-prepared leaders assist in the smooth transition for the organization and help the interim candidate become a stronger leader.
In the Minnesota State system, there are currently few prescribed programs for incoming interim deans in higher education. In this research, nine participants who fulfilled or were already in the role of interim dean were interviewed. The goal of the study was to determine (research) the preparedness of the selected individuals for the interim dean role before or during their term as interim dean.
The findings of this research illustrate the need for formal training or career pathing prior to an individual taking on the role of interim dean. Leadership opportunities and support must exist for individuals interested in pursuing a leadership role as a dean within the Minnesota State system. This research discusses the common themes of formal mentorship programs, training in the day-to-day operations of university processes and procedures, leadership skills, and people management.
Hentges, Charles, "Interim Administration in Higher Education" (2019). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 37.