Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Higher Education Leadership

First Advisor

Nathaniel W. Cradit


This study contributes to the body of knowledge in leader development by examining how higher education programs in a female dominated profession assist learners in developing person-related characteristics that support leader development. A ten-part online survey was sent to directors of health information management (HIM) programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Results suggest an opportunity for improvement in the curriculum for development of person-related characteristics critical for leadership positions. In the interest of the progression of women these results should be taken into consideration.


I would like to start by thanking my academic advisor and professor, Nathaniel W. Cradit, PhD. Your advice and unwavering support are deeply appreciated and will always be significant to me. To my health information management (HIM) advisor and model, Merida Johns, PhD, RHIA: I thank you for not only your ongoing support and advice, but for also modeling the value and importance of women. Without you as a model and your recommendations, this journey would not have been taken. A sincere thanks to my committee members: Dr. Nathaniel W. Cradit, Dr. Merida Johns, Dr. David SanFilippo and Dr. Jamal Scott. Collectively, I thank you for your guidance, constructive criticism, and recommendations.

Thank you to my professors and teachers at National Louis University, Chicago State University, University of Illinois, Holy Name Cathedral, St. Charles Lwanga, and St Cecilia. I am the outcome of your work.

Thank you to the following Health Information Management (HIM) professionals who voluntarily supported me in this journey by critiquing and providing feedback on my dissertation: Collen Goethals, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA and Dr. Desla Mancilla.

To my sister, Halima Jabulani also known as Rhoda Diane Jones: a heart felt thank you for your unwavering support from the beginning to the end of this experience. You are my inspiration and model of a strong African American woman. I would not have made it without you.

To my lifelong love Wanda Finney: thank you for your patience and support during this time. Without them this journey would not have been possible.

Thank you God.


This dissertation was completed in memory and honor of my parents Roosevelt and Helen Jones, and in the interest of family.