Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Educational Leadership

Committee Chair/Advisor

Russell Marion, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Wayne Bennett, Ph.D.

Committee Member

William Hanson, Ph.D.

Committee Member

James Satterfield, Ph.D.


Institutions of higher education are more focused on raising private funds today than ever before. This need to increase funding has provided opportunity for emergent behavior among all levels of the institution and has provided an opportunity for the study of leadership among those responsible for managing the fundraising operation. This study will endeavor to understand the emergent enabling and adapting leadership in an institution of higher education during a change to a centralized fundraising model. A case study approach will build a narrative of interaction among those involved in the change and develop insight through the lens of Complexity Leadership Theory. Through the story told by administration, deans and foundation staff, an understanding of change management in complex organizations will be produced and recommendations for practice and further study will be delivered.



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