Factors Affecting Leadership Longevity Among Chief Administrators of Private Christian Schools
ProQuest, 2006 - 104 pages
A review of some of the various leadership styles in practice on the campuses of American private Christian schools and some elite colleges and universities of both the present and the past reveals tremendous variation in the position the principal (or president) occupies. Other research in educational leadership has indicated that there is wide variation between educational institutions in terms of their organizational structures, goals, and governance. Still other research has demonstrated that principals play a vital role in the effectiveness of their schools, and that performance of the role is improved as tenure of the principal or other chief administrator is increased. It is, therefore, the purpose of this study to examine systems of governance at private Christian schools to help establish which systems of governance may result in the longest tenure among the chief administrators of their respective schools. Results of the sample surveys indicated that no significant relationship existed between four types of corporate governance and administrative tenure. Tenure was, however, correlated with the size and durability of sample schools and these results suggest a need for further studies by private Christian schools on the relationship between tenure and measures of school and student performance, as well as future research on governance.
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2-tailed Abramowitz ACSI data ACSI member schools ACSI schools ACSI’s administrators of private analysis Association of Christian average tenure calculations chief administrators chief executive Christian Schools International church run schools corporate governance correlation between tenure e-mail effective enrollments ethical examination faculty relations for-profit Griffin headmasters hypothesis interviewed Kendall’s tau-b Leadership Dynamics leadership longevity long tenures NAIS Natkin negative correlation non-profit nonparametric normal distributions null hypothesis organization parents Pearson correlation coefficient Pearson Correlation Significance performance Plasencia private Christian schools private school public school random relationship between tenure reported role sample Schl Scholastic Assessment Test school administrators school age school boards school governance school heads school principals school size school type schools responding schools surveyed SCL_AGE Sedehi senior administrators short tenures Spearman’s rho SPSS stakeholders Starratt statistically significant superintendents survey results Table teachers tenure and school tenure of chief test scores Triola type of school variables