Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Second Advisor

Scott Gaier

Third Advisor

Scott Moeschberger


The purpose of this study to discover the extent to which mentoring relationships have benefited the current female presidents in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and how those relationships have specifically impacted the mentee. Four of the five female presidents at CCCU member institutions served as the participants, and they were interviewed using a grounded theory qualitative methodology. Responses were transcribed, coded, and analyzed to discover the central themes. The main themes that developed include the importance of relationships for women's advancement in higher education, the significance of the role of the mentor in a mentoring relationship, cross-gendered mentoring, and informal vs. formal mentoring. Recommendations for future research are also included.