Leadership enhances the institutional impacts of Division I intercollegiate athletics: A case study of Syracuse University

Louis Gary Marcoccia, University of Pennsylvania


The focus of this study is how an intercollegiate athletics program, when it is guided by the right kind of leadership can draw positive attention to a university, positively connect its university to its constituencies, and positively support its university's pursuits of its various institutional interests. The study answers three significant questions: What leadership is needed for an intercollegiate athletics program to be reconcilable with the values of its university? What are the tangible and intangible impacts of an intercollegiate athletics program on its university and its university's constituencies, and how does leadership further them? What criteria are required for the leadership and support provided by a university to its intercollegiate athletics program to be adequate to influence and generate desired expectations and impacts? The study is significant for Syracuse University because it helps the University and its constituencies to better understand the impacts the intercollegiate athletics program has on the University. The study is significant for higher education because the impacts of intercollegiate athletics are positive if leadership creates and maintains an intercollegiate athletics program that operates in ways consistent with the values of its university. The study communicates that positive values and tangible and intangible benefits can accrue to a university if its leadership creates and maintains its intercollegiate athletics program functioning in ways consistent and reconcilable with the university's values, mission, vision, and objectives. I interviewed leaders of constituencies at Syracuse University who are connected with intercollegiate athletics. They were selected based on their leadership positions with their constituency groups, their specialized knowledge of and experience with intercollegiate athletics, or both. I selected nineteen leaders with different views of the intercollegiate athletics program at Syracuse University. I triangulated my data by looking at Syracuse University documents, including those generated for NCAA, government, Athletic Policy Board, University Senate, Athletic Department, Athletic Compliance Office, and Audit and Management Advisory Services Department purposes. Those documents were reviewed to obtain information pertaining to the intercollegiate athletics program.

Subject Area

School administration|Higher education

Recommended Citation

Marcoccia, Louis Gary, "Leadership enhances the institutional impacts of Division I intercollegiate athletics: A case study of Syracuse University" (2003). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI3084870.