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Women in Higher Education Leadership Focus of March 27 Lecture

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Dr. Celeste Wheat

A lecture to be given Wednesday, March 27 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will examine various aspects of the ascension of women in higher education administration.

Dr. Celeste Wheat, an adjunct instructor of sociology at Southern Miss, will present “Women’s Pathways to the University Presidency: A Qualitative Inquiry into University Women Leaders’ Career Paths and Presidential Aspirations” from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building’s Gonzales Auditorium, room 108.

Although the number of women working in higher education administration has increased in the last 25-plus years, they remain disproportionately under-represented in key positions, including the presidency. Incorporating results from in-depth interviews, Wheat’s presentation will address career paths and credentials, leadership aspirations, experiences with mentors/role models, family relationships and work/life balance issues and perceptions of gender and leadership.

Wheat holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Southern Miss’ Department of Educational Studies and Research. Her research interests include university women leaders and legal issues in higher education.

This event is supported by the Graduate Education Research Association (GERA) and the Southern Miss Education Law Association (SMELA). For more information, contact Latrecha Scott at or Dr. Eric Platt at