Educational Administration, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-23-2015


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration, Under the Supervision of Professor Deb Mullen. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 Kimberly A. Schumacher


Research on Greek life is plentiful, but literature on sorority chapter presidents is nearly invisible. Sorority chapter presidents undergo many challenges and responsibilities while still remaining full-time students. Though largely unexplored, the experiences of these women highlight aspects of being a leader within the Greek experience and can give great insight into how these leaders operate on a day-to-day basis.

This qualitative, phenomenological study explores the experiences of three women as they reflect on their role as sorority chapter presidents at Midwestern University. Midwestern University is a large, public, four-year institution in the Midwest region of the United States. This study used informal, semi-structured interviews with three women who had completed their term as sorority chapter president within the last two months. The findings reported that sorority chapter presidents face a number of challenges as they lead a group of peers and friends and develop significantly as leaders as well as within their relationships. The primary researcher has identified several implications for future practice and recommendations for further research on sorority chapter presidents.

Advisor: Deb Mullen