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BC VP chosen for Aspen Presidential Fellowship

BC VP chosen for Aspen Presidential Fellowship

Thu Apr 7, 2016

 Dr. Lynda Villanueva selected as one of only 40 nationwide for prestigious inaugural class

Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Brazosport College Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, today announced that Villanueva joins the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship is a highly selective year-long program to prepare leaders aspiring, or recently appointed, to the community college presidency. Fellows will participate in a series of innovative seminars and ongoing mentorship. The program is delivered in collaboration with Stanford University faculty and top community college leaders and aims to equip college leaders with the tools they need to dramatically improve student outcomes.

“We are honored to have Dr. Villanueva selected for this prestigious program and pleased to support her professional development,” said Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek. “She has done incredible work in the area of student success, benefiting our students and community. I know she will continue on this path and significantly contribute to this important work.”

Villanueva was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access.

“I’m proud to be selected as part of the first cohort of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence,” Villanueva said. “Together, our class of 40 will join the next generation of presidents that will lead community colleges to achieve even higher levels of student success.”

The 2016-2017 Aspen Presidential Fellows hail from 17 states and 30 community colleges of varying sizes and will begin their program in July 2016 at Stanford University with anticipated completion in Spring 2017. Applications for the second class will be available by September 30, 2016. For more information, visit: aspeninstitute.org/pres-fellowship.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

About Brazosport College: Located in Lake Jackson, Texas, Brazosport College offers a broad range of courses and classes to address diverse educational objectives. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree can enroll in academic classes, as well as courses in major fields of study, which will transfer to four-year schools. Twice recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top 10 community colleges, Brazosport College also offers more than 20 certificate programs and is one of three schools in Texas to offer a Bachelor Degree in Applied Technology. For more information about Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu.