In the Know with ACCT: How Boards Support and Nurture Leadership

A podcast on issues in community colleges

January 15, 2018
Boards Support and Nurture Leadership

The urgency attached to the board's role in selecting, supporting, and positioning their institution and new presidents to thrive and excel cannot be overstated. In 2016, more than 50% of the presidents of colleges that award associate degrees reported that they anticipated stepping down within the next five years, yet only 21% of these colleges report having a succession plan in place. This session, recorded live during the 49th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, focuses on the important role of boards in selecting, onboarding and supporting presidents, and is based on the new AACC/ACCT report Executive Leadership Transitioning at Community Colleges (2018).

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January 8, 2019

Aspen Institute Vice President and College Excellence Program Founder and Executive Director Josh Wyner leads a discussion among four community college chief executives about what boards can and should do to get the most out of their institutions’ presidents. Panelists include Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger; Alamo College District Chancellor Mike Flores; Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard; and (former) Florida College System Chancellor Madeline M. Pumariega.

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January 1, 2019

ACCT President and CEO Noah Brown talks with Allan Golston, president of the United States Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Deanna Mulligan, president and CEO at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America about leadership, philanthropy, and corporate partnerships with community colleges. This podcast was recorded at the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in New York City.

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December 25, 2018

Top global tech firm executives from Cisco, IBM and Lenovo discuss the critical and accelerating role community colleges are playing to support workforce needs. Today's technology field is faced with hundreds of thousands of unfilled positions—and the number is growing as talent needs outpace available skilled employees. Wake Technical Community College Trustee Tom Looney facilitates a conversation among three top technology sector executives: Lenovo Data Center Group Vice President for Development and Quality Beverly Crair; IBM Vice President for Education Grace Suh; and Cisco RTP Site Executive and Vice President of Trustworthy Systems Engineering Ed Paradise.

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December 18, 2018

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab has long championed community colleges and their students. The self-proclaimed “scholar-activist” has well known among higher education leaders for stubbornly refusing to let unmet basic student needs go unaddressed any longer, and for being the engine behind research into homelessness, hunger, mental illness and other issues that can affect academic progress and completion. In this podcast, Jacob Bray, David Conner and Indya Rogers from ACCT talk to Goldrick-Rab about what inspired her to become a figurehead for this groundbreaking movement in higher education, what can be done to help students in the short and long terms, and what’s next for #RealCollege.

Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University and founder of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice in Philadelphia, as well as founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. She has authored and co-authored several research papers in collaboration with ACCT, and she was named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow in recognition of her pioneering work. For more information, visit saragoldrickrab.com.

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December 11, 2018

Sara Goldrick-Rab leads a discussion on the challenges of food and housing insecurity facing community college students and efforts to address those challenges. Presidents from three Texas community colleges discuss approaches from three different perspectives—a large urban district, a moderate-sized college in a borderland, and a rural college in the Panhandle. Panelists include: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education and Sociology at Temple University and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab; Amarillo College President Russell Lowery Hart; Dallas Community College District Chancellor Joe May; and El Paso Community College President William Serrata.

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