Dr. Shannon Cleverley-Thompson, Chair

The Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher University is administered by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education. The program provides candidates with an opportunity to develop the critical leadership skills and knowledge required in today’s increasingly complex, diverse, and information-driven organizations. This unique and rigorous education program in executive leadership was developed to provide an attractive and viable alternative to “traditional” doctoral programs in leadership. As an alternative doctoral model, the program is designed to do the following:

  • Provide executives and senior managers with an advanced curriculum that focuses on relevant and current topics and issues in executive leadership
  • Focus on the core leadership competencies, dispositions, and applied research that executives and senior managers need to be effective in various organizational settings
  • Provide opportunities for candidates to focus their dissertation on actual problems in their organization, making the dissertation relevant and practical, and thereby encouraging organizational support
  • Provide candidates with access to a network of successful executives and organizations to support their intellectual, professional, and career development


The Ed.D. is offered at the following locations:

  • St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY
  • Iona College in New Rochelle, NY (extension site)
  • Onondaga Community College's Regional Higher Education Center in Syracuse, NY (extension site)

All Ed.D. candidates at extension sites are required to take one course on the St. John Fisher University campus.

Doctorate in Education: Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

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