Two Higher Education Leaders Join Achieving the Dream Board of Directors

President Pam Eddinger and President Javier Miyares Bring Presidential Experience to ATD’s Board

SILVER SPRING, MD (September 22, 2016) – Two presidents, appointed by the Achieving the Dream Board of Directors in June, bring breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in the issues facing higher education today.

Pam Eddinger has served community colleges in a number of leadership positions since 1993 in the areas of academic affairs, institutional advancement, student services, and marketing relations. Currently she serves as President of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest community college in Massachusetts, with approximately 14,000 students enrolled each semester. Sixty-four percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls more than 900 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages. Bunker Hill was a co-winner of Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award in 2014 for its excellent work around student success.

President Eddinger serves on a number of local and national boards: Boston Private Industry Council, the K-12 Reform non-profit EdVestors, the National Asian/Pacific Islander Council (NAPIC), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. She also serves in a number of education-related organizations including the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) Oversight Board, and AACC’s Special Commission on Leadership and Professional Development.

President Eddinger immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong at the age of 11 and grew up in Miami, Florida. In an interview in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, she said, “I came when I was 11. My English was not great, and I was a little immigrant girl in Miami. If someone had not seen the potential, I’d be making widgets somewhere.” She earned a master’s degree and doctorate in Modern Japanese Literature at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College.

Read President Eddinger’s full biography here.

Javier Miyares was appointed president of University of Maryland University College, one of 12 degree granting institutions in the University System of Maryland, in 2012. During his tenure, he has expanded access and opportunities for adult learners and has been in the forefront of leveraging big data and analytics to fuel advances in learning science.

Under his leadership, the university expanded its corporate and institutional alliances, including an agreement with the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management to help fill identified skills gaps in the 2.7-million-person federal workforce. He also established the UMUC Completion Scholarship, enabling Maryland community college graduates to earn a bachelor’s degree from UMUC for a total cost of $20,000.

UMUC has received numerous honors during President Miyares' tenure, including the 2015 Global Educator of the Year by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., for leadership in academic innovation, the 2015 President's Award from the Open Education Consortium for exceptional leadership in adopting open-source material in all undergraduate and graduate classes, and was ranked No. 1 in The Military Times 2015 "Best for Vets: Colleges" list.

President Miyares often cites higher education as his gateway to the American Dream, having been spirited out of his home in Havana, Cuba, by his Jesuit teachers when he was 14 years old after his father was taken prisoner by Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion.

President Miyares currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and as a commissioner with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He completed all the requirements but the dissertation for a doctorate in educational measurement and statistics and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from University of Maryland, College Park.

Read President Miyares’ full biography here.

“We are thrilled to have two presidents with such diverse backgrounds and such strong practicing commitments to leading student success on their own campuses join the ATD Board,” says Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO. “President Miyares will help ATD expand its work around engagement of university transfer partners and open admissions colleges of many types. President Eddinger’s leadership of a high-performing ATD college will help us advance our thinking about the next generation of supports that colleges will need to continue on their student success journeys.”

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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