Building exceptional teams at every level of the campus and empowering said teams to move the institution forward in fulfillment of organizational mission and vision
Aligning decisions with an emphasis on data and institutional mission to inform strategic planning, resource allocation, performance appraisal, and reward/recognition systems - people driven/data informed leader
Leading campus wide strategic initiatives promoting student retention, success, equity inclusion and completion in the absence of clear answers or solutions
Crafting solutions which require cross-boundary, campus-wide collaboration; bringing seemingly disparate perspectives together for the good of the collective whole
Facilitating community engagement and collaboration via cross-sector partnerships with K-12, post-secondary, civic and workforce partners
Reducing costs while increasing quality and responsiveness
Anticipating future challenges in a manner that coalesces broad understanding and supports future action
Tapping creative resources so that alternative approaches and thinking can help solve complex issues
Spearheading institutional change efforts based upon informed decision making with internal and external constituents
Top 5 Cliffs StrengthsFinder 2.0 Strengths: Achiever, Learner, Input, Strategic, Intellection
Post Graduate Leadership Development
American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, 2015-2016
The University of Houston System with Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor/President
Future Presidents Institute, 2013, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
2004, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE), Harvard University, Institutes for Graduate Education
2003, American Council on Education (ACE) National Leadership Forum, Office of Women in Higher Education
President: Tarrant County College Northeast Campus
2019 - present
Lead campus serving 14K transfer and 18K CTE students in Hurst, TX.
Vice President and Chair of the Board: Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS)
2016 - 2019
Serve as chief executive officer for regional collective impact ecosystem comprised of 3 school districts (12 high schools) and 1 comprehensive community college (William Rainey Harper College) comprising 23 communities in Chicago's Northwest suburbs.
Academic Dean: William Rainey Harper College
Responsible for planning, organizing and administering the educational offerings of a division with $5.9M in resources, one Assistant Dean, six department chairs, one academic program coordinator and just under 150 employees total.
Executive Director: Esperanza Communications
Oversee multi-dimensional communications company (motivational speaking, writing, publishing and radio.)
Associate Provost: Kettering University
Supervised academic support operations including the Registrar's Office, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Academic Advising Office, the Office of International Studies, the Academic Resource Center, the First Year Experience Office, Thesis Services and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Selected Accomplishments include:
Galvanized NECSS organization to create dashboard to ensure transparency and data informed decision making across four partner organizations
Developed and led NECSS Special Populations Taskforce to reduce achievement gaps for five special populations aligned with Perkins and ESSA
Conceptualized and led Northeast Center (satellite campus) rebranding effort to provide wrap-around services for career-limited immigrant adult students in an economically challenged neighborhood, combining workforce development, academic credentialing, and community/nonprofit partnerships. Led team in $1M renovation effort to support vision.
Co-chaired Harper College presidential task force for employee Diversity and Inclusion and developed institutional diversity agenda that led to implementation of multiple initiatives including bias incident reporting, 360 evaluations, the development of multiple diverse employee resources groups and the hiring of a Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. The resulting work led to Harper becoming a 2017 finalist for the ACCT Regional Equity Award, the 2017 winner of the ICCTA Equity and Diversity Award and winner of a 2017 HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) Award.
Served as Harper College representative in the development of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Elgin Community College, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunitythe Village of Hanover Park and Illinois Worknet which led to the creation of the award winning Education and Work Center. Won Illinois Workforce Partnership Award for Innovative Solutions - 2015 and Reflective Excellence Award, Reflejos, 2014.
Served as Interim Dean of Students for two universities.
University of Houston. Ed.D. - 1999
Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies
Emphasis: Higher Education Administration
Eastern Michigan University. M.S. - 1993
The University of Michigan. A.B. - 1990