Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Dennis C. McCrumb

Second Advisor

Dr. Patricia Reeves

Third Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Whitten


Superintendent, board, governance, leadership, organization

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This action research project examined the link between school board governance and effective school district operation. In particular, the link between superintendent leadership, board of education professional development, and community support was studied. The three-year project focused on positive board-superintendent relations and effective board governance. The goals of the project were to establish roles, responsibilities, and procedures for board relations, improve the public image of the school district, improve evaluation systems of school programs, and develop and communicate a district mission and vision. The project documented improvement in community support in multiple areas.