Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

C. Skip Trudeau

Second Advisor

Todd Ream

Third Advisor

Scott Gaier


Little research has explored academic leadership, more specifically the academic deanship. This narrative study examined the leadership of Dr. Milo A. Rediger as an academic dean and dean of students—unique positions to hold concurrently. Rediger leveraged his position to promote collaboration between student and academic affairs in an effort to produce seamless student learning. This study delved into Rediger’s personal characteristics that defined his leadership as described by participants who knew him personally, as well as sought to understand how Rediger utilized his position to influence cross-campus relationships, resulting in high-quality, holistic education for students. As a result, this research led to the development of a model for academic leadership in addition to implications for professionals in both academic and co-curricular leadership roles who value seamless (i.e., holistic) student learning.