Female Community College Presidents: A Comparative Study Of Career Paths, Mentorships, Professional Development, And Demographics
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The purpose of this study was to develop a profile of female community college presidents by examining their personal characteristics, career paths, mentorship, and professional development. The participants in this study were female community college presidents whose institutions were members of the Association of Community College Trustees. Quantitative data were gathered and analyzed to obtain a demographic profile and provided an update to the research findings of two similar studies about female college presidents and their ascension to presidencies. The results of this study suggested that participants had mentors who influenced their career paths to become presidents. Furthermore, an analysis of the data revealed that participating in professional development activities provided additional skills and opportunities that helped the participants become presidents. Finally, the data suggested that following the traditional career path of faculty member, dean, chief academic officer, and then president was not necessary to become a president. These findings were compared to similar studies. This study adds to the body of literature that examines women in leadership at community colleges.