40 Aspiring Community College Presidents Will Participate in 2020-21 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship to Advance Student Success
Texarkana, TX, May 4, 2020 – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction at Texarkana College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selected leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.
The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2020. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners.
“Evidence shows that substantial improvements in student success are achieved only when presidents have the commitment and skill needed to lead change within their institutions and through partnerships in the community,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “These fellows have been chosen because they embody that commitment and, we believe, will build their skills even further to become transformational presidents.”
Texarkana College president Dr. Jason Smith said he is pleased to hear of Dr. McDaniel’s selection to the Fellowship. “It is my great honor to call Dr. McDaniel my colleague and to learn from her wealth of knowledge,” Smith said. “I value her professionalism and I admire her servant-leader heart. Without a doubt, Dr. McDaniel embodies the very essence of legendary leaders within our field and she is primed to move into the next step of becoming a college president.”
McDaniel said she is humbled and honored to be chosen for this outstanding professional development opportunity. Continue Reading →