Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Higher Education (EdD)

Degree Level



Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders


John Murry

Committee Member

Michael Miller

Second Committee Member

Ketevan Mamiseishvili


Community College Fundraising, Presidential Fundraising, Rural Community College Fundraising, Rural Community Colleges


Community college presidents serving rural populations in the state of Oklahoma have been forced to take on new responsibilities related to institutional fundraising due to multiple economic challenges including continued budgetary shortfalls and limited resource allocation. Review of the academic literature addressing this subject exposed a wide variety of rationales associated with this leadership shift, as well as successful presidential approaches to fundraising in modern higher education. This qualitative study of rural community college presidents in Oklahoma examined the rationale for expanded presidential roles in fundraising, while outlining a number of other essential roles, characteristics, professional backgrounds, and stressors that have affected college presidents. The study was conducted to explore, understand, and describe the perceptions of community college presidents in rural serving Oklahoma institutions as to their roles and involvement in fundraising, providing a foundational framework for community college presidents to follow as they establish possible solutions for the financial challenges they face.