Leaders and Training Articles

Make the most of your convention experience

It can be overwhelming to attend the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) annual convention. Here are five ways to make your convention experience more meaningful. Download the AACC convention app. The mobile app for the AACC convention is ready to download on your iPhone, iPad, or Android, directly from this link. Apple and Android […]

Telling the stories of female community college pioneers

Last year, Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race and the movie version captured America’s attention. But did you know that the community college movement has its own female pioneers who changed the course of our history? More than […]

Colleges cope with unexpected crises

In Seattle, the international students had just arrived at North Seattle College (NSC) in September 2015 and were preparing for their first day of class. They were on a voluntary city tour when their chartered bus was hit by a “Ride the Ducks” amphibious tour bus. Those who died ranged from one student who just […]

Opinion: Keeping the trust in PR

I’m not sure about you, but I have received a lot of questions about the practice of public relations lately. Specifically, I have been asked how I would handle having to lie to the media. Of course, I answered quickly and heartily that I would not lie to the media or to the public and I […]

Surviving a vote of no confidence

A vote of no confidence needn’t be a kiss of death anymore for a college president, according to new research and feedback from seasoned community college leaders. In fact, some of them, who have gone through the process themselves, say in certain cases it shows college boards that the CEO is willing to make tough […]

Princeton Ph.D. students sample teaching at a community college

A New Jersey community college has launched a teaching partnership with Princeton University (PU) that will provide a select group of doctoral students at the university the opportunity to learn about the college and to also teach there as adjunct instructors. Under the agreement, four Mercer County Community College faculty members are mentoring four PU […]

Help for new CEOs

There are many programs across the nation designed to give community college staff and faculty the leadership skills that could help them reach the presidency. But what happens when those people actually land the job of leading an institution? Learning how to be president can be very different from actually being president. “I had a […]

Leaders Want to Make a Difference

All community college leaders want to make a difference; it is in their DNA. It is key to their value base; it is the driving motivation that keeps them in the game in spite of the very hard challenges. Some choose to make a difference by gathering resources, some by forging partnerships, some by building […]

Finding work-life balance

Gregory Williams, president of Odessa College in Texas, exercises for at least 45 minutes every single day – even on Christmas and Thanksgiving and when he’s on the road – and has been doing it for more than 10 years. “It’s something I look forward to,” Williams says, noting there are mental as well as […]

College leadership from outside academia

It’s one thing to come to college leadership from the administrative side. It’s quite another to do so after starting one’s career outside of colleges all together. It can be done, but it takes a different approach. And sometimes, it takes being willing to move. Just ask DeQuan Smith. Today, Smith is dean of workforce […]