Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

August 1996


The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the origin and evolution of the Kingsport Regional Education Alliance (KREA 2000). A total of 18 individuals, representing three categories, business, education, and community, were selected by purposeful sampling techniques to participate. Data were collected through qualitative methods. The analysis revealed attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of those involved in the KREA 2000 activities. Through data analysis the investigator identified a core group of influencers who were primarily responsible for the creation of KREA 2000. The investigator identified four major categories that were critical to the evolution of KREA 2000. The four major categories were: leadership, communication, infrastructure, and collaboration. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were suggested: (1) KREA 2000 should set up a channel of leadership that will prepare future chairs; (2) KREA 2000 should become more proactive in the political arena in regard to educational issues; (3) the KREA 2000 should be staffed with a full time coordinator and a part-time clerical person, (4) KREA 2000 should appoint a volunteer liaison to each participant agency; and (5) KREA 2000 should concentrate on supporting initiatives within and among the participant agency, not create independent projects.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted