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Ten ATD Network leaders selected for Aspen New Presidents Fellowship

News & Updates
September 20, 2021

On Monday, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced the new class of community college leaders selected for the 2021–22 Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. The cohort of 25 Fellows will join the next generation of presidents that lead colleges to advance student success at their institutions and equity in their communities.

Ten of the leaders selected for this class of Fellows are presidents of active ATD Network colleges:

  • Dr. Rebecca Ashford, Chattanooga State Community College (TN) – Leader College
  • Dr. J.B. Buxton, Durham Technical Community College (NC) – Leader College
  • Dr. Greg Hodges, Patrick & Henry Community College (VA) – Leader College
  • Dr. Kimberlee Messina, Spokane Falls Community College (WA)
  • Dr. Christy Ponce, Temple College (TX)
  • Omid Pourzanjani, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)
  • Dr. Monte Randall, College of the Muscogee Nation (OK) – TCU
  • Dr. Claudia Schrader, CUNY Kingsborough Community College (NY) – LCOD
  • Dr. Russell Swagger, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (WI) – TCU
  • Justina Wilhelm, Iḷisaġvik College (AK) – TCU

In August, Achieving the Dream vice president for network engagement, Dr. Monica Parrish Trent, was one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021–22 Rising Presidents Fellowship, alongside 17 ATD Network college presidents.

Achieving the Dream is proud to support higher education leaders who are persistently working to make their institutions hubs of economic growth and social mobility — for their students, their families, and the communities they are part of. We are glad to see their dedication and hard work recognized, and look forward to continued partnerships that increase equity, well-being, and student success at community colleges across the country.

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