COVID-19 Crisis Management at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): A Contemporary Approach to Governance and Leadership

Authors

  • Melanie S. Johnson Southern University and A&M College, USA
  • Samantha Thompson Southern University Law Center, USA

Keywords:

Governance and Leadership, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Crisis Management, Decision-Making, COVID-19

Abstract

COVID-19 has forever changed the trajectory of higher education institutions and the delivery of their services, particularly at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This unprecedented pandemic necessitated HBCUs to undergo rapid, significant alterations to their academic, instructional, and technological infrastructures in order to remain operational and to continually provide students with academic support services and a conducive environment for higher learning. Therefore, how HBCUs approach the strategic transformation of their campus operations with limited resources in order to remain competitive is vital to their organizational continuity. Considering these challenges, this study examined the role of crisis management as well as investigated the efficacy of decision-making processes of the governing boards and leadership at four (4) HBCUs.

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Author Biographies

Melanie S. Johnson, Southern University and A&M College, USA

MELANIE S. JOHNSON, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern University and A&M College.  Her major research interests focus on public policy, governance, leadership, and change in higher education, particularly at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Email: melanie_johnson@subr.edu

Samantha Thompson, Southern University Law Center, USA

SAMANTHA A. THOMPSON, PhD, is an Analyst for Institutional Effectiveness at the Southern University Law Center (SULC). Her major research interests encompass the areas of international and comparative higher education, internationalization of education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and education policy research. Email: sthompson@sulc.edu  

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Published

2021-04-05