University Survival: Before, During and After a Natural Disaster

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Organizational Leadership


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Timothy Walters


Flood, Higher education, Hurricane, Natural disaster, Recovery, Response, Tornado, University


Natural disasters can strike anywhere including on university campuses across the nation. The focus of this project is on four universities in the United States that have faced major natural disasters in the last five years. The project examines the roles of leadership, communication, response and recovery plans, recruitment and marketing initiatives and how they impact university survivability. These four universities present methodologies in ways to employ leadership, script communications for a variety of publics, orchestrate disaster response and recovery initiatives, and implement marketing and recruitment strategies in order to retain and recruit students.

Publication Statement

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