Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies


Leadership Studies

Committee Chair

Lang, Daniel G.

Committee Member

Mayhew, Mary Ann A.

Committee Member

Walker, John C.


Research has shown that local governments and their functions are complex and difficult to manage and it is important that local elected officials fully understand the intricacies that are imbedded into effectively making complicated decisions. Comprehensive training programs that are tailored to local elected officials in Virginia counties are available; however, they are lightly attended. The purpose of the study is to determine barriers to why local elected officials are not seeking the necessary training to better prepare themselves to serve as a member of a governing body. Additionally, the study is designed to understand the competencies that are common for a local elected official to be effective. Three professional associations in Virginia and two programs that are affiliated through universities offer some form of training that could assist local elected officials’ training and their education needs.


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