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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Studies: M.S.




School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Trista Olson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Steven McCullar, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Brandon Johnson

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Leadership, Collegiate Athletic Administration, Race, Gender


The purpose of this paper was to examine the research on intercollegiate athletic administration to identify effective leadership strategies for athletic administrators, evaluate the shortcomings present in collegiate athletic administration, and determine the gaps in athletic administration research to present areas for future research. Research has evaluated the effect various leadership traits, behaviors, and theories have on athletic administrational effectiveness. There are also some significant gaps in the literature. The underrepresentation of women and minorities in collegiate athletic administration has yet to be fully evaluated. This paper set out to review the literature on collegiate athletic administration and examine the gaps in collegiate athletic administration. Findings of this paper indicated that both transformational and transactional leadership had impacts on outcome variables in collegiate athletic administration. Servant leadership was found to improve the ethical climate of an institution, which is especially important in collegiate athletics in the 21st century. Future research should be continued to address the barriers to employment for minority individuals, examine women in leadership positions in athletic administration, and evaluate the impact athletic administration has on the student-athlete experience at the DIII level.



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