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A collective qualitative case study of challenges encountered by superintendents in a Texas school district from 1979 to 2013

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez

Second Advisor

Dr. Velma Menchaca

Third Advisor

Dr. Maria Roberts


The role of the school superintendent plays an integral part in the success of a school district. The individual selected to take on the responsibility of a school district must be one who is well versed in all areas of the school system and is able to manage the demands of the position. There are many reasons contributing to the tenure and turnover of superintendents. The purpose of the study was to investigate the challenges faced by superintendents in a Texas school district during the time-period of 1979 to the present, 2013. Through a qualitative case study inquiry, this study explored the different challenges encountered by the selected superintendents and identified their leadership style. The study provided insights into the different challenges aspiring or present superintendents may encounter in their roles as public school leaders and the leadership styles used in overcoming those challenges.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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