The Role of Leadership: Leaders’ Practice in Financing Transformation

  • Robert A. Frost
  • Edward “Ted” Raspiller
  • John J. “Ski” Sygielski
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


The role of community college presidents and executive leaders in college finances is both all-encompassing and ethereal. College leaders advance the college mission based on trustee priorities, promote good stewardship of college funds, and somehow manage to prioritize students, and learning first. Transformational leadership theory indicates there is a greater potential in staff: that a leader has larger objectives than handling the day-to-day issues, and therefore, seeks to transform the people, organization, or society (Burns 1978; Bass and Avolio 1993). At the same time, many organizational theorists have described much more ambiguous, even opaque, decision-making processes in higher education that give doubt to a leader’s ability to connect finance with improvement (Cohen and March 1974, 1986). However, as players on a global stage, community college leaders today are better aware of the need to attract new, creative, and often distant resources into the college.


International Student Community College Transformational Leadership Resource Acquisition Entrepreneurial College 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Frost
  • Edward “Ted” Raspiller
  • John J. “Ski” Sygielski

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