Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type



Moore School of Business

Director of Thesis

Dr. Carolyn Queenan

First Reader

Dr. Donald Schepker

Second Reader

Dr. Donald Schepker


Succession planning is a critical to an organization’s existence and success. There is a scarce amount of research currently available on student organization succession planning, but there is a significant amount of data collected on succession planning within corporate entities. Research was conducted on succession planning within corporate organizations. The purpose of this research is to take information collected from literature on corporate entities and apply it to student organizations. As part of this research, interviews were conducted with five presidents of student organizations at the Darla Moore School of Business to examine current succession planning practices. Results indicated that most organizations are not using the most effective succession method. This thesis is intended to be used as a tool by student organizations to help better plan for the future and improve efficiency during transition periods.

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© 2018, Rebecca Ann Kamer

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