Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Ziegler, Annette


The purpose of this study was to investigate the causes and impact of charter school leadership turnover. Participants in this study included 10 charter school leaders in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. Data discovered in this study included challenges in the following areas: policy and legal, organizational management, and student and family. Key concepts identified included the benefits of previous leadership experiences, business management experience, which included financial and facility management, and human resources experience. Key challenges identified included support of charter school leader’s increased workload, range of skills and previous experience necessary for successful leadership, minimal support systems and lack of centralized district offices, and the personal toll caused by isolation. All data was collected utilizing a qualitative study through individual interviews with participants. Data was synthesized to determine common themes, which represented a minimum ratio of 70% of participants noting the data. Data is limited to the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan geographical area.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation