Len Hightower Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Len Hightower, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Organizational Leadership





Dr. Hightower currently serves as assistant professor School of Education.  He is part of the Core Planning Team for the Ed.D. program in Organizational Leadership.  He teaches decision making, organizational theory and development, leadership and organizational change courses and the dissertation process.  He has more than 20 years of experience serving in senior leadership positions at institutions of higher education and consulting leading a number of institutions through comprehensive transformational change processes.  Dr. Hightower has served as chief planning, enrollment, and student affairs officer.  He has designed and directed numerous applied institutional and market research efforts over the years.  He also has taught at the doctorate, master's, and bachelor's levels as an adjunct for more than 25 years.  His area of focus in teaching has been on organizational change, leadership and marketing.  A major influence on his approach to organizational change is Peter Drucker, one of the leaders in the formation of modern management, whom he studied with while a student at Claremont Graduate University.




  • Organizational Leadership


Ph.D. in Education

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Dissertation: An analysis of the strategic planning literature and its relationship to planning practices at small independent colleges and universities”

M.A. in Social Sciences

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA
Emphasis: College Student Development

B.A. in Psychology

Westmont College, Montecito CA

Scholarly Activities

Co-author of chapter on First Generation Student Programs, Ethnicity Matters, Mary Jo Benton Lee (Ed.), Lang Pub. Co., 2006

Presented paper on organizational positioning, process and politics in order to address multiple challenges via strategic marketing planning, American Marketing Association Symposium on Higher Education

Paper presented on strategic planning in private higher education, Association of Institutional Researchnational conference, paper abstracted by ERIC and Higher Education abstracts


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