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 Keywords
- intellectual history
- Federal Executive Institute
- executive development
Date of Defense 1998-09-18 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe 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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