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Frances Lucas-Tauchar: A portrait of leadership

Shari J Clarke, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The absence of women in administrative positions within the academy is noteworthy. Women who are in the workforce are primarily clustered at lower-level positions. Although the number of women in administrative positions has increased women remain under represented in higher education. Inequities for women in the senior levels of higher education still exist. ^ Although faced with obstacles and challenges women are beginning to increase their representation within the ranks of President. During the last decade the number of women presidents has increased from 9.5% to 19.3% according to the American College President (2000). ^ The purpose of this study was to explore the life history of one female administrator who has reached the level of president and to describe how her experiences as a female administrator influenced her leadership and career. Feminist research methodology was utilized in the interview process. Primary data were collected through interviews, observations, document analysis and review of archival materials. Five Key topics emerged as a result of the research which defined President Lucas-Tauchar's leadership, Role-Modeling/Mentoring, Diversity, Spirituality, Illness and Career. Implications from the findings resulted in ten propositions. (1) The role of family can be a positive influence in developing self-confidence and leadership skills. (2) The presence of strong ethical values within the context of spirituality can serve as a foundation for leadership. (3) Leadership should be an extension of who you are. (4) Different roads to the presidency are emerging with new and expanded leadership styles at the helm. (5) Leaders see opportunities not obstacles. (6) Leaders know the importance of being seated at the table where decisions are made. (7) Leaders use their voices and actions to support issues of significance. (8) Leadership preparation programs for women should include an expanded definition of leadership to reflect the emergence of women's leadership styles. (9) Mentoring can occur in a buffet of formats. (10) Female defined leadership traits should be developed and nurtured. ^

Subject Area

Biography|Women's Studies|Education, Administration|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Clarke, Shari J, "Frances Lucas-Tauchar: A portrait of leadership" (2003). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3092532.