Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Miller, Daniel


The North Carolina community college is approaching 50 years of existence in 2013. It is a community college system that is respected both nationally and internationally. The economic downturn of the United States has created a period of record enrollment in the community college, as individuals seek upgrades in training, work skills, and educational attainment. This period of record enrollment is not without challenges. Budgetary constraints, a consumer demand for easier access to classes through online and distance learning, and an increase in the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student population has created a proverbial perfect storm. Many experienced community college administrators are expected to retire without having an experienced group of leaders poised to take the helm in leadership. This study seeks to understand how the next generation of mid-level and senior-level community college leaders will be trained and developed and how mentoring can be used as a vehicle to prepare and support underrepresented groups, particularly African-American males, to attain the office of community college president. Five participants were interviewed using a semi-structured narrative inquiry questionnaire design.