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Educ. Sci. 2016, 6(2), 19; doi:10.3390/educsci6020019

“How It’s Done”: The Role of Mentoring and Advice in Preparing the Next Generation of Historically Black College and University Presidents

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College of Education, Old Dominion University, 218 Education Building, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA
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College of Education, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 3819 Chestnut Street, St. Leonard’s Court, Suite 140, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Department of Sociology, 456 Hardy Road, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA
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Academic Editor: Jess L. Gregory
Received: 2 May 2016 / Revised: 6 June 2016 / Accepted: 14 June 2016 / Published: 21 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Educational Leadership: A Global Perspective)
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Abstract

The college and university presidency is one of the most coveted positions in academe. Due to the projected retirements of current Historically Black College and University (HBCU) presidents, the researchers interviewed 21 current presidents, institutional board members, and presidential search firm personnel to explore what current HBCU leadership identifies as important mentoring/mentee practices, mentoring/mentee opportunities, and professional advice for HBCU presidential aspirants to consider. The findings, based on the coding and analysis of semi-structured qualitative interviews, revealed that self-awareness, focusing on the essential aspects of the job and not merely the perks, openness to being mentored and willingness to shadow a successful leader, experience in serving in various administrative capacities, participating in professional leadership development activities, earning of a terminal degree, displaying humility, understanding academic politics, and learning how to present oneself as an executive is important in the preparation of a leader of an HBCU. View Full-Text
Keywords: leadership; mentoring; HBCU leadership; mentoring; HBCU
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Commodore, F.; Freeman, S.; Gasman, M.; Carter, C.M. “How It’s Done”: The Role of Mentoring and Advice in Preparing the Next Generation of Historically Black College and University Presidents. Educ. Sci. 2016, 6, 19.

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