Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mission and Values


The mission of the Higher Education Administration PhD program is to offer advanced graduate study to those students aspiring to enhance their leadership knowledge and skill for service in their current positions; to establish knowledge and skill bases for more responsible and executive leadership appointment; and to build the capacity and inclination for active participation in policy for service in administrative, faculty, and policy scholar roles.

Program Assumptions

The program builds on three assumptions about leadership: Leadership is a conceptual, moral, and performing art form based on (a) the power of theory and ideas, (b) the influence of thoughtfully considered values, and (c) the development of skill that derives from the traffic between theory and practice.

Leadership is as much a matter of passion as position. Those who do not care for the promise of those entrusted to their care and who do not care for principles of excellence and integrity will not lead.

Leadership in college and university settings requires: (a) an awareness of heritage and distinction in the complex mission of colleges and universities and (b) appreciation of the mission tension reflected in the call to simultaneously conserve heritage, critique current policy and practice, and create the future through the unimpeded pursuit and application of truth.

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