Larry Webster, the Holmes Community College director of career and technical education-professional studies, recently earned his Ph.D. in human capital development from The University of Southern Mississippi. Webster's dissertation was titled "Enabler and Barriers Influencing African American Administrators' Career Advancement at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Learning."
The purpose of the study was to explore and identify enablers and barriers contributing to African Americans' career advancement into administrative positions at PWIs of higher learning. This study's design was qualitative phenomenological and the study population included mid and upper-level African American administrators who work at predominantly white two-year and four-year public institutions of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. The objective was to understand the participants' perception of the perceived enablers and barriers influencing career advancement of African Americans at PWIs in Mississippi.
Dr. Webster holds a B.A. in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University, an M.S. in community development and an M.Ed. from Delta State University. He and his wife Michelle have three children: Branden, Ebonee and Larry Caleb. In his free time, Dr. Webster enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with family and friends.