Narrative for the Dissertation: One of the worst kept secrets in the boutique space of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are the impending departures in the next five years (aging out) and the volatility at the top. This study seeks to address the impact of professional development, mentorship and the nurturing process of formal and informal relationships between HBCU presidents and their mentors while ascending to the presidency. While there are several professional organizations in the business of producing the next wave of presidential leaders, the production of highly skilled, transformational and disciplined leaders are needed. As such, examining the trajectory and the impact of professional development coupled with mentorship, should explore experiences and skills that have qualified and enabled this group to advance in leadership positions. TECHNICAL DETAILS The "Guidelines for Preparing?Dissertation" comply with?requirements of University Microfilms International. Close attention to the Doctoral publication specifications below will result in a final draft that is both professional in appearance and acceptable to the Division of Graduate Studies. Type Fonts and Print Quality?The master copy of the dissertation must be typed on one side of the page only. Standard pica or elite type size and standard type fonts are preferred. Script type fonts may not be used. Italics may be used as specified by the style manual in use. Once selected, the type or printer font and size must be consistent throughout the document. Other special fonts may be used according to directions in the style manual. If a computer printer is used, a letter-quality or laser printer is recommended. The recommended font is Times Roman, size 12. Ribbons and cartridges should be changed, as they produce a sharp, black image. The department will make the final decision on the legibility of type used. No boldface should be used within the dissertation unless the student is following the style requirements of a major journal within the student’s discipline. Line Spacing Standard double spacing is required for the document text. For wordprocessors, six lines are equivalent to one inch and is the usual default setting. Most style manuals require single spacing to be used within long quotations, long tables, footnotes, multiple captions, and bibliographic entries (for exceptions, see manual recommended by your department). Double spacing should be used between footnotes and bibliographic entries. Margins?The left-hand margin must be one and one-half inches wide to allow for binding, all other margins must be one inch. Adherence to these margins will leave a 6 x 9 inch area on each sheet of the text or illustrative material, including page numbers. On continuation pages, this places the page number on line 7 with text beginning on line 9. Pages with major headings have text ending on line 57 with the page number on line 60. The right margins should not be justified. Pages 8 and 9 have boxes to demonstrate the margins and lines numbers. Typing may extend no more than one single space below the bottom marginal line, and only then to complete a footnote or the last line of a chapter, subdivision, or figure caption. The only exceptions to the margin requirements are: the first page of each chapter or major section of the document, where typing begins two inches down from the top rather than one inch, and tables and figures may be smaller and centered, but not larger than the 6 x 9 inch area. With the exceptions noted above, all tables and figures, including their titles, must conform to the margin requirements. Tables and figures may be photographically reduced to meet margin requirements. Photocopies should be made only from the original copy and must be made with care to ensure that margins on all copies are accurate and consistent. It is not permissible to leave a single line of a paragraph or other subdivision at either the bottom or the top of a page. The last word on a page cannot be hyphenated. Pagination?Every page of the dissertation must have a page number except the title page, copyright page, approval page, abstract pages, and vita. If a frontispiece (usually an illustration or quotation relevant to the subject) is included before the title page, it is assigned the first small roman numeral i, but not numbered. Small roman numerals (ii, iii, iv, etc.) are used for the preliminary pages: dedication, acknowledgments, table of contents, and the lists of tables. The title page is assigned the first small roman numeral (i, or ii if frontispiece is used), but that number does not actually appear on the title page. Arabic numbers are used for the remainder of the document, including the text and the reference material. The pages are numbered consecutively beginning with 1 continuing through to the end of the document. No other numbering scheme is acceptable; the standard scheme may not be disrupted with insertions numbered 10a, 10b, 10c, etc. All page numbers must be placed one inch (line 7) from the top, even with the right margin. On pages with a major heading, such as 6 “APPENDIX” or “BIBLIOGRAPHY” and those beginning a chapter or major section, the page number is placed in the center bottom position (1 inch or 7 lines up from bottom, line 60); numbers of preliminary pages also are placed at the center bottom in small roman numerals. Corrections?The retyping or reprinting of pages is the only acceptable form of correction. It is suggested to produce the document on a word processor/computer so that corrections may be made quickly and easily. A word processor/computer also reduces the danger of making new typographical errors in a revised version. This section of the document is adapted from "Thesis/Dissertation Elements and Style," from the Manual for Thesis and Dissertation © 1992 by the Tennessee Conference of Division of Graduate Studies. The text of this document may be reproduced in any form provided acknowledgment of adaptations is given to the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations. Table 1 lists all the potential parts of a dissertation and the order in which they occur. Preliminary Material Title Page This page is assigned Roman number "i," although the number does not appear on the page. The date used is the month and year of commencement. The student’s name must appear as he/she is registered at the institution. The wording and format must be exactly as shown in Appendix A. Signature Page Each copy of the dissertation submitted to the University must have a signature page sheet using the exact wording and format shown on the sample page. This sheet must be on the same brand and weight of cotton paper and be in the same base type face as the remainder of the dissertation. The name used on the signature page and title page must be that under which the student is registered at the institution. Although the original signature pages may be copies, the committee signatures must be original. Black ink is required for the original signatures. The number of signature lines must equal the number of committee members. The major and degree to be awarded must be exactly those to which the student was admitted officially by the Division of Graduate Studies. The signature page is not numbered. Copyright Page This page is included only if the manuscript is being formally copyrighted, through University Microfilms. Forms are obtained in the Division of Graduate Studies. Dedication Page If the student wishes to dedicate the manuscript, the dedication statement is included at this point. Table of Contents The Table of Contents may vary in style and amount of information included. Chapter or Section titles, the Bibliography or List of References, the Appendix(es), if any, and the Vita must be included. Page numbers given for the Bibliography and Appendix should be those assigned to the separation sheet preceding each of those items.

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