Womens\u27 Career Pathways to the College Presidency: A Study of Women in Two-Year Technical Colleges


This is a qualitative study of the career development of four technical college presidents in the Midwest. It examines the factors or influences, both personal and structural, that shape a woman\u27s career path as she moves into the position of a two-year technical president. Richie et al.\u27s (1997) study, A theoretical model of highly achieving African American-Black and white women\u27s career development is used as the framework. Key emergent factors include educational attainment, professional development, and career pathing. This study moved beyond Richie et al.\u27s study by finding that social class and historical context were critical factors when studying career the career development of technical colleges presidents. The implications of the findings are explored for two-year technical colleges\u27 who want to attract and hold women in the presidency

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This paper was published in epublications@Marquette.

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