Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Amy N Bratten

Second Advisor

Dr. Janet L Deck

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas J Gollery


This study was conducted to ascertain the leadership principles and practices of those persons in leadership positions at a private, Christian university. The purpose, therefore, was to determine to what degree the leaders at the Christian university under study did practice biblical principles and practices in their leadership. The research design was an explanatory sequential mixed methods study. The same private, Christian university was used for both the quantitative and the qualitative study. The quantitative method employed the Leadership Practices Inventory which asked 30 questions using a Likert scale to determine to what degree 50 leaders at the university practiced the five exemplary leadership practices of modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, encouraging others to act, and encouraging the heart. The qualitative method contained nine questions asking 13 leaders at the same university their observation and practice of the five exemplary leadership practices along with any other leadership practices, biblical or otherwise, that guided them in their leadership practice. The results discovered from the explanatory sequential mixed method approach for this dissertation were encouraging and supportive that the leaders who were surveyed and interviewed were active in applying biblical principles in their leadership.