New officers, initiatives, IEI private workspace for us
New Officers and Campus Representatives - Congratulations!
- Kenneth Kleiner, Fayetteville Tech -- Treasurer 2013-2015
- Pinda Byrd, James Sprunt CC -- VP Internal Relations 2013-2015
- Rudy Beharrysingh - Haywood CC -- Western Regional Director 2013-2015
- Ken Myers - College of the Albemarle -- Eastern Regional Director 2013-2015
- Payton Andrews - Cape Fear CC -- Interim VP External Relations 2013-2014
The NCCCFA's Fall 2013 Conference, "Faculty Leadership - Your Bridge to Success" brought 350 faculty and administrators to Wake Tech's Main campus for sessions on Oct. 3 and 4. After a lively welcome reception at the Holiday Inn, Cary, participants gathered early the next morning to experience wide-ranging discussions on a myriad of topics related to being leaders in higher education. Wake Tech staff and administration made us welcome at this, our first event co-sponsored by, and located at, one of our fine community colleges. Every session seemed to challenge us and change our perspectives. Highlights included:
- Dr. Pat Akers, Thursday's Keynote speaker, challenged us to unlock our leadership potential.
- Dr. Scott Ralls urged us to "Dare to be Naive" and to have creative vision when faced with challenges.
- Dr. Anita Brown-Graham suggested that we innovate and collaborate to prepare students for rapid change
- Dr. Lawrence Rouse of James Sprunt CC and Dr. Susanne Adams of Brunswick CC invited us to join them in educating the public and our elected officials about the mission and achievements of community colleges.
- Jennifer Haywood, Senior VP for Finance for the NCCCS, helped us understand the budget process, while John Denning, also from the NCCCS, recruited faculty to serve on statewide committees to coordinate learning among the three pillars of public education: K-12, community colleges, and universities.
With more than 80 sessions ranging from advances in technology to teaching for a world that doesn't exist, our presenters showed excellence in leadership, as did our participants who took home ideas and inspiration.
The conference ended with a field trip to the Institute for Emerging Issues Commons and a tour of the Hunt Library. And the story doesn't end there. A private, online workspace has been created for community college faculty.
Visit https://emergingissuescommons.org/working-groups/olooc. Let's continue the conversations.
Benita Budd, President, NCCCFA