Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


School of Education


Higher Education Administration EdD

First Advisor

Lyndon G. Furst

Second Advisor

Larry D. Burton

Third Advisor

James R. Nash


Purpose. The purpose of this study was to examine the views held by those whose duties include the management and day-to-day operations of the secondary boarding schools within the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This refers specifically to superintendents, principals, and staff members

Method. The survey method was used to gather the data. Respondents were asked to complete an 84-item questionnaire. The population sample was made up of 320 staff members, 32 principals, and 31 superintendents. The data were analyzed using mean scores, percentile rankings, and ANOVA at an alpha of p < .05.

Findings. The major findings in the study were: (1) Principals of Adventist boarding schools are highly effective in managing the day-to-day activities involved in school operation (maintenance construct) and orchestrating all the multifaceted tasks and elements needed to make a long-range school program successful (integration construct). (2) Principals of Adventist boarding schools are only moderately effective in instructional leadership (adaptation construct) and in defining objectives and mobilizing adequate resources (goal attainment construct). (3) When compared to a national norm, principals of Adventist boarding schoolsare perceived as having higher levels of effectiveness than their public school counterparts. This is especially true of staff members' perceptions. (4) Adventist personnel are quite homogenous in their perceptions of the effectiveness of boarding school principals. There are only minimal differences based on demographic variables.

Subject Area

High school principals, Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools--North American Division

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