- It was the purpose of this study to determine the role and role conflicts of the boards of trustees at four colleges related to the United Methodist Church: Albright, Dickinson, Lebanon Valley, and Lycoming College. This study examined the boards' recognition and understanding of three primary roles: serving as an agent for the creating body, serving as a bridge and buffer between society and the college, and serving as an agent for the college community., Because these three roles can be in conflict, this investigation sought to determine the perceived roles, the various recognized conflicts, and any differences in the relationship of the colleges to the United Methodist Church., In order to achieve the purposes of this study, two broad research questions were formulated: (1) Are the roles and role conflicts of the four boards recognized and do they differ among the four boards? and (2) Do the relationships between each of the boards and the United Methodist Church differ from one another?, These questions were answered by conducting intensive interviews of the college presidents, the chairmen of the boards, and other selected members of each of the four boards., This study found that all four boards acknowledge the three primary roles presented above. In addition, all four boards ranked the order of importance of the three roles as follows: (1) serving as an agent for the college community, (2) serving as a buffer and bridge between society and the college, and (3) serving as an agent for the church., These three roles were perceived as occasionally being in conflict. When there was conflict, it was between the roles "serving as an agent of the college community" and "serving as an agent of the denomination." The recognition of this conflict was evident at all four institutions., and Relationships between each of the four boards and the United Methodist Church were different in some ways. Albright, Lebanon Valley, and Lycoming all have legal ties that directly related them to the denomination. The charters of Albright and Lebanon Valley require direct representation on the board by persons elected or nominated by the denomination. At Lycoming the board has a legal agreement with the Preachers' Aid Society of the Central Pennsylvania Conference that requires two-thirds of the board members to belong to the United Methodist Church.
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- D.ED. The Pennsylvania State University 1982.
- Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 43-07, Section: A, page: 2254.
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