Partner, Mc2 Consultants, Senior Advisor, American Association of Community Colleges, and Senior Associate, Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.
Kay McClenney consults nationally with community colleges, state systems, national and state organizations, and foundations. She is founding director and Senior Associate of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.
She is a leadership coach for Achieving the Dream and has led a number of national and state-based initiatives, including work as co-director of Student Success BY THE NUMBERS, CLASS ─ the California Leadership Alliance for Student Success, and the national Bridges to Opportunity initiative. She previously served for 10 years as Vice President and chief operating officer of the Education Commission of the States.
Dr. McClenney has served as a consultant to education institutions, state higher education systems, state government, and professional associations in 47 states and internationally. In addition, she served for a number of years as a community college educator, during which she was a faculty member, program director, system administrator, and interim CEO. A frequent keynote speaker, Dr. McClenney also has authored numerous publications on education issues, strategic planning, accountability, student success and leadership.
Dr. McClenney has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Executive Board of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). She received the 2002 PBS O’Banion Prize for contributions to teaching and learning in America, the 2009 Mildred Bulpitt Woman of the Year Award from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, the 2009 International Leadership Award from NISOD, and the 2011 National Leadership Award from AACC. She co-chaired AACC’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.
Educational background: Dr. McClenney earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Her previous degrees are a B.A. from Trinity University and an M.A. in Psychology from Texas Christian University.