Title page for ETD etd-9298-172959

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hall, Tammy Barnett IV
Author's Email Address TammyBH@aol.com
URN etd-9298-172959
Title "Rocky Top, Rocky Road, Solid Rock: Thirty Years of Intellectual History at the Federal Executive Institute"
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tipple, Terence J. Committee Chair
White, Orion F. Jr. Committee Chair
Broida, Judith K. Committee Member
Goodsell, Charles T. Committee Member
Wolf, James F. Committee Member
  • intellectual history
  • Federal Executive Institute
  • executive development
Date of Defense 1998-09-18
Availability unrestricted
The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) was created in 1968

by Executive Order from President Johnson, stating the

need for establishing "a center for advanced study for

executives in the upper echelons of the Civil Service."

It was common in the early years for FEI to provide life

changing, "rocky top" experiences. Since that time, the

FEI has traveled down a rocky road, through efforts to

disband, attempts to privatize, and flurries of criticism.

It has emerged with a "back to basics curriculum" and a

mission founded on what is seen as the solid rock of the

Constitution and an emphasis of each executive's role

within that Constitutional system. The intellectual

history of FEI, including its creation, curriculum, and

leadership and how they have developed and changed over

time, suggests this key question: how does FEI decide to

teach what (and how) it teaches? This answer has varied;

at times, the institution was shaped by strong directors;

at other times, key political actors and faculty members.

There were times of great environmental turbulence and

threat, when the very existence of the FEI was in jeopardy.

Although the intellectual streams may have diverged, the

FEI community rallied to ensure survival. They have

indeed survived, and while not the same institution

founded in 1968, still maintain their niche for educating

"the best of the best."

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