Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Community College Leadership

Committee Director

Dennis E. Gregory

Committee Member

Shana Pribesh

Committee Member

Mitchell R. Williams


This study addressed the phenomenon of campus safety from the perspective of the community college president. The researcher employed a mixed methods design by surveying the community college presidents of one state community college system followed by in-depth interviews of three of the presidents of the same community college system. The quantitative inquiry used descriptive statistics to detail community college presidents’ knowledge and perceptions of campus safety. The qualitative inquiry employed case study analysis through in-depth interviews to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between community college presidents and the phenomenon of campus safety.

The results of the study showed that community college presidents believe that their respective institutions are safe and that campus safety is an important issue in higher education. Additionally, the results indicated that community college presidents believe being proactive, reinforcing the values that promote safety, prioritizing campus safety, complying with safety protocols, policies, and regulations, and having adequate resources are crucial to ensuring campus safety. The researcher concluded that while community college presidents deem their institutions to be safe, they are concerned with promoting and maintaining safe institutions in the face of inadequate funding and resources.