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a bit about me:

Dr. Kenya Ayers is currently the President of Tarrant County College Northeast Campus.

​Prior to assuming the presidency with TCC, Dr. Ayers served for three years as Vice President and Chair of the Board for the Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS).  NECSS is a partnership organization which unifies William Rainey Harper College and its three feeder school districts (D211, D214 and D220) in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. As chief executive officer of NECSS, Ayers helmed many cutting edge initiatives that were instrumental in Harper’s accomplishments in the area of student success for the K-14 pipeline.  Harper College is winner of the 2016 Leah Meyer Austin Award and a 2017 Aspen Prize eligible institution.

Ayers has managed multi-million dollar budgetary resources and has led multiple institutional initiatives responsible for forward momentum and sustainable transformation. Ayers was featured on the cover of the June/July 2016 edition of the Community College Journal in an article, “The Mentorship of Kenya Ayers.”


Dr. Ayers holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Michigan and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Supervision from The University of Houston. She has expanded her leadership effectiveness through programs with the American Council on Education (National Leadership Forum), Harvard University (Graduate School of Education/Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education), the National Council on Instructional Administrators (Workshop for Aspiring Chief Academic Officers) and the American Association of Community Colleges (Future President’s Institute).  Dr. Ayers was named an ACE Fellow for FY16 under the mentorship of Chancellor Renu Khator of the University of Houston System.

Ayers has spent her 30 year career in higher education administration focused on student success and completion. Her 1999 doctoral dissertation was focused on issues of student retention and completion and included an original conceptual model for explaining student stop-out patterns. Dr. Ayers has served as Dean of Students and Vice Provost for universities in Washington D.C. and Michigan. Ayers was State Coordinator for the Michigan ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education (2005-2007) and remains a highly sought after speaker for organizations nationwide. She served as a Consultant-Evaluator for the Middle States Association and the Higher Learning Commission. She was ordained in ministry in August 2007 and received life coaching training through the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT).

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