Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



Committee Chair

Dr. Lilian Hill

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Thomas O'Brien

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Holly Foster

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Adam Breerwood


According to Schindler (1952), the first off-site community college campuses were not named satellite campuses. They were referred to as “off-campus undergraduate divisions of higher institutions.” Over time, the satellite campus has evolved into a critical part of the higher education landscape. As a result, the administrators that are assigned to manage satellite campuses are responsible for making decisions that affect college personnel and students who attend the satellite campus. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to examine administrative decision-making on satellite campuses of Mississippi community colleges by satellite campus administrators. Eight satellite administrators participated in this study. After face-to-face interviews concluded, data was analyzed and six themes emerged: (a) representation on the main campus; (b) share of resources; (c) ethics are important; (d) leadership team involvement; (e) direct relationship to outcomes; (f) frequent collaboration.