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ENVISIONING EXCELLENCE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEADERSHIPEnvisioning Excellence is working on three key priorities:

  1. Redesigned Ed.D. in Community College Leadership: The Ed.D. cohort program at NC State was reformed to link directly to essential community college leadership competencies. Already in the executive format, the program now allows students to complete their coursework and dissertation concurrently. Research and resources provided by the Aspen Institute enable students to focus on the four pillars of community college excellence: learning, equity, completion, and labor market outcomes. Envisioning Excellence is expanding the presence of executives throughout the doctoral experience, and also providing data and writing coaches to graduate students.
  2. Executive and Governance Development: NC State has expanded its professional development opportunities for community college personnel. Envisioning Excellence will offer executive and governance development to standing community college presidents as well as to trustees. The Presidents’ Academy and Trustees’ Institute will reorient leadership toward a student success agenda framed around Aspen’s pillars of community college excellence (see above). Development is designed to empower presidents to improve student success and institutional effectiveness at their institutions with the support of their trustees.
  3. Action Research: Envisioning Excellence is building a research agenda around the Aspen Institute’s four pillars of community college excellence (see above). A team of researchers will be joined by graduate students and affiliates to explore issues impacting community colleges. Research teams will share findings and provide coaching on implementing evidence-based solutions. Envisioning Excellence launched the Community College Leadership Blog, which presents groundbreaking ideas about solving today’s issues by leading voices and practitioners. Each year, NC State hosts the Dallas Herring Lecture in honor of the namesake, who was instrumental in establishing North Carolina’s community colleges.
Envisioning Excellence
Meet Our Leadership Team
Mary Ann Danowitz, Ed.D.
Mary Ann Danowitz, Ed.D.
Envisioning Excellence Principal Investigator; Professor and Dean
Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz is the Dean of the College of Education at NC State University. Dr. Danowitz served previously as Professor of Higher Education and Head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development.

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Audrey J. Jaeger, Ph.D.
Audrey J. Jaeger, Ph.D.
Envisioning Excellence Principal Investigator and Professor & Alumni Distinguished Professor and Executive Director, National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE)
Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger is a Professor of Higher Education and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor at NC State. She also directs the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE), an organization focusing on campus climate survey administration.

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Robert G. Templin, Jr., Ed.D.
Robert G. Templin, Jr., Ed.D.
Community College Executive in Residence, NC State, and Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute
Dr. Robert Templin serves on the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program as a senior fellow and is assisting the NC State University College of Education by serving as a community college executive in residence at NC State.

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James Bartlett, Ph.D.
James Bartlett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Charlotte Doctoral Cohort, Envisioning Excellence Principal Investigator.
James E. Bartlett, II, is an associate professor and director of the doctoral cohort program in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University.

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Rey García, Ph.D.
Rey García, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of Community College Leadership; Raleigh Cohort Director
Dr. García’s interest is in development and implementation of student success policy at the state and institutional level. García is President Emeritus of the Texas Association of Community Colleges where he served as President (1995-2015).

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Diane Chapman, Ed.D.
Diane Chapman, Ed.D.
Teaching Professor; Director, Office of Faculty Development; Lead Evaluation Associate, Envisioning Excellence
Dr. Diane Chapman serves as the Director of the Office of Faculty Development in addition to her role as a Teaching Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development. She is Lead Evaluation Associate for Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership.

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C. Ryan Knight
C. Ryan Knight
Lead Program Associate
C. Ryan Knight is the Lead Program Associate for the Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership team at NC State University. He is a Ph.D. student in the Adult, Workforce, & Continuing Professional Education program at NC State.

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Affiliates
Our affiliates
Susan Barcinas, Ed.D.
Susan Barcinas, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Susan Barcinas is a faculty member in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development Department at North Carolina State University. She currently directs the Department Chairs Institute and the Executive Leadership Program, which provides professional development for community college leaders in North Carolina.

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Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D.
Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant Professor
Michelle E. Bartlett completed here Ph.D. from Clemson University in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education and a cognate in statistics. Her Masters degree in human resource education from the University of Louisville.

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Tuere Bowles, Ph.D.
Tuere Bowles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Tuere Bowles is an Associate Professor in the Education, Leadership, Policy & Human Development department at NC State University. She teaches graduate courses in adult learning, assessment and evaluation, qualitative research, and proposal writing.

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Chad Hoggan, Ed.D.
Chad Hoggan, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Chad Hoggan is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development Department.

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Carol Warren, Ed.D.
Carol Warren, Ed.D.
Teaching Assistant Professor
Dr. Carrol Warren is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development Department at North Carolina State University.

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Advisory Board

The Envisioning Excellence Advisory Board consists of current and former community college presidents, non-profit leaders whose work supports community colleges, and community college system leaders. The expertise of the Advisory Board is helping steer NC State’s redesigned community college leadership development programs. The Envisioning Excellence Advisory Board helps direct NC State faculty and partners to address the most pressing issues facing North Carolina community colleges.

Dr. William S. Carver
Dr. William S. Carver
Dr. William (Bill) S. Carver has been with Nash Community College since 1987. He has held several positions, including Dean of Continuing Education, before being promoted to Vice President of Instruction in 1998 assuming responsibilities for credit and non-credit instructional programs.

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Dr. Lisa Chapman
Dr. Lisa Chapman
Dr. Lisa M. Chapman has been in the North Carolina Community College System for twenty-eight years.  She currently serves as the System Senior Vice President for Programs and Student Services/Chief Academic Officer.

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Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz
Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz
Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz is Dean of the College of Education at NC State University. Dr. Danowitz served previously as Professor of Higher Education and Head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development.

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Dr. Kenneth Ender
Dr. Kenneth Ender
Dr. Kenneth Ender is President of William Rainey Harper College, a large community college located outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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Dr. Gary Green
Dr. Gary Green
Dr. Gary M. Green has been President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, since July 2001. He is a frequent presenter on workforce development and community college issues regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Dr. Garrett Hinshaw
Dr. Garrett Hinshaw
Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw became the third president of Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on August 1, 2006.

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Dr. William Ingram
Dr. William Ingram
William G. Ingram became President of Durham Technical Community College in 2008. Dr. Ingram was formerly Durham Tech’s Senior Vice President and Chief Instructional Officer, Dean of Technical and Vocational Programs, and Director of Off­Campus Programs.

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Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger
Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger
Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger is a Professor of Higher Education and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor at NC State. She also directs the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE), an organization focusing on campus climate survey administration.

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Dr. David Johnson
Dr. David Johnson
Dr. David N. Johnson is the third President of Johnston Community College. Before returning to his home state of North Carolina, Dr. Johnson was Provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College. He also held several positions at Wytheville Community College as well as Executive Director of the Crossroads Institute

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Ms. Cynthia Liston
Ms. Cynthia Liston
Cynthia Liston joined the Endowment in August 2014 as its first Program Officer. Prior to that she served as Associate Vice President for Policy Research & Special Projects at the North Carolina Community College System Office, where she led comprehensive developmental education redesign across the state and served as a policy lead for Completion by Design.

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Dr. Dale McInnis
Dr. Dale McInnis
Dr. Dale McInnis, President of Richmond Community College and a life-long resident of North Carolina, completed a bachelor’s degree in business management from UNCP. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Campbell University and his doctorate in higher education administration from NC State University.

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Dr. Sharon Morrissey
Dr. Sharon Morrissey
Dr. Sharon Morrissey serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research in the Virginia Community College System. She is leading initiatives to close the achievement gap for underrepresented populations and increase student completion in programs of study that prepare them to succeed in careers or further education.

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Dr. Randy Parker
Dr. Randy Parker
Dr. Randy Parker is President of Guilford Technical Community College, the third largest community college in North Carolina, serving over 40,000 students annually and recognized nationally for its work in student success and economic and work force development.

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Dr. Mary Rittling
Dr. Mary Rittling
Dr. Mary E. Rittling was appointed as the third president of Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC, in August 2003. Over 15,000 students enroll each year, with over 5,500 pursuing one of over 50 curriculum programs.

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Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse
Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse
Dr. Lawrence L Rouse is President of Pitt Community College (Winterville, NC). He formally served as President of James Sprunt Community College (Kenansville, NC) and Dean of Student Services for Johnston Community College (Smithfield, NC).

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Dr. Pamela Senegal
Dr. Pamela Senegal
Dr. Pamela Gibson Senegal is the incoming President of Piedmont Community College (PCC). She brings 20+ years of higher education leadership, business experience, and community service to her position.

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Dr. Stephen S. Scott
Dr. Stephen S. Scott
Dr. Scott joined Wake Technical Community College in 2003 as the college’s third president. Before coming to Wake Tech, he served as president of Lenoir Community College in Kinston, and as president of Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.

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Dr. Robert Templin
Dr. Robert Templin
Dr. Robert Templin serves on the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program as a senior fellow and is assisting the NC State University College of Education by serving as a community college executive in residence at NC State.

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Dr. Millicent Valek
Dr. Millicent Valek
Dr. Millicent Valek is president of Brazosport College and has served in this role since 1996. During her tenure as president, Brazosport College has been named a leader college in the Achieving the Dream, student success initiative, has garnered the support for three major facility expansions, and has gained legislative authority to offer one of the first baccalaureate degrees at a Texas community college.

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Dr. Stelfanie Williams
Dr. Stelfanie Williams
Dr. Stelfanie Williams is the sixth president of Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC), a four-county college which provides curriculum and continuing education and operates four early college high schools. The college’s new strategic plan focuses on educational excellence, continuous improvement, employee and student engagement in college life, and institutional stewardship.

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Mr. Joshua Wyner
Mr. Joshua Wyner
Joshua Wyner is Vice President and Executive Director of the College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute. The Program’s first two initiatives are the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and the New College Leadership Project, which works to align the hiring and professional development of college presidents with the goal of substantially improving student success.

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Former Advisory Board
Dr. Kenneth Boham
Dr. Kenneth Boham
Dr. Ken Boham has served as president of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute since 1995. Under his leadership, CCC&TI has served as a state model in the development of “seamless education.”

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