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Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Norena Badway

First Committee Member

Fred Muskal

Second Committee Member

Delores McNair

Third Committee Member

Gary Colton


The study analyzed the leadership and management skills, duties, and responsibilities perceived as important by current directors of university regional campuses in Northern California. Of the seven skills, duties, and responsibilities identified by the literature review for those who lead a main college campus, this study indicated that regional campus leaders do not perform those duties to a substantial degree. The seven duties performed by those who lead a main college campus, and not performed to any substantial degree by those at the regional campus level, were: academic background, fundraising, faculty and academic governance, understanding the university's culture, chief executive, advocate of higher education, and dealing with the board and trustees. This study did identify the primary duties of those who lead a regional campus centered on two tasks: recruitment and retention of students, and managing the business enterprise. Several duties and responsibilities were not performed by the regional campus leader, though were expected to be. These were: academic oversight to include curriculum management and development, promotion of research and knowledge, and alumni relations and fundraising.





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