Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Van E. Cooley

Second Advisor

Dr. Carole Schmidt

Third Advisor

Dr. Dennis McCrumb


This qualitative case study was designed to investigate how graduates of a community leadership academy changed their attitudes and behaviors toward community trusteeship and changed their level of community involvement. The research was intended to determine whether participation in a community leadership academy builds in graduates an awareness of community issues, develops leadership skills and creates an understanding of the value of community trusteeship resulting in an increase in community involvement.

The findings of the study were based on a sample of graduates who did or did not perceive any change following participation. Data collection techniques included a participant information form to gather baseline information about the participants, a community involvement form to prompt personal reflection about the leadership academy and personal interviews of twelve individuals to determine whether they experienced any change in their attitude and behavior towards community trusteeship.

This research may be of interest to individuals and organizations that sponsor, plan and instruct for these leadership academies as well as for future participants and their employers or sponsors. Nationally, there are over 600 similar leadership academies with over I 0,000 graduates per year. Tuition for these leadership academies varies from a nominal amount to over $2,000 per person.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access