Rethinking and Reframing Leadership of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Distributed Perspective


In recent years, many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have experienced a decline in enrollment and prestige. Several leading scholars attribute this to societal shifts that have challenged the historical mission of HBCUs. Higher education’s current environment demands a transformation of how HBCU leadership is administered if these institutions are to survive. Distributed leadership focuses primarily on the process of leadership rather than the traditional perspective of a single, dynamic leader at the top of a hierarchical chain, as is typically experienced at most HBCUs. This paper will contend that distributed leadership is an effective leadership strategy for the maintenance, sustainability, and advancement of HBCUs.

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Scott, D. and Hines, R. (2014) Rethinking and Reframing Leadership of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Distributed Perspective. Creative Education, 5, 1132-1139. doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.513128.

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