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CCCCD Employees Named To Leaders Program

CCCCD Employees Named To Leaders Program

January 16, 2004 - Brenda Kihl, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development, and Regina Hughes, director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Scholarship, both of Collin County Community College District (CCCCD), have been chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development's LEADERS program, an international program for administrators and faculty in higher education.

"It is a great honor for these two individuals to be selected for the LEADERS program," said Cary Israel, president of CCCCD. "We are very proud of these exceptional colleagues and the leadership they provide."

This year-long program, designed to enhance the skills participants need to assume major decision making roles in their institutions, includes institutional practice in supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting, and organizational transformation as well as discussions with national experts on the issues confronting higher education during the next decade. Participants are chosen for their professional abilities, their interests in advancement in higher education, and the quality of their proposed projects.

During the program, Kihl will be mentored by Dr. Toni Jenkins, executive vice president of CCCCD, and will work on a project related to her teacher certification experience. Hughes will be mentored by Dr. Mary McRae, vice-president of student development, and will work on a project related to the Center for Civic Engagement and Scholarship.

At CCCCD, Brenda Kihl was instrumental in starting the first community college-based alternative teacher certification program in the country. She oversees early childhood and school-age education programs as well as the education curricula designed to transfer for a baccalaureate degree in elementary or secondary education. Kihl also serves on the Texas Advisory Committee for Accountability Systems for Educator Preparation by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, and she is an Executive Board Member of the National Association for Community College Teacher Education Programs.

"It is privilege to be selected to take part in the institute," said Kihl. "I am looking forward to learning new leadership skills that I can apply to my work at the college."

Regina Hughes is director of the newly created Center for Civic Engagement and Scholarship. She serves as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal for Civic Commitment, a publication of the Community College National Center for Community Engagement. CCCCD is a founding member of the Texas Campus Compact, for which Hughes serves as an advisor and a regional coordinator. In 2001, CCCCD received the Bellwether Award for its "Collaboration for Excellence: Engaged Scholarship," for integrating service-learning with learning communities.

"I look forward to utilizing this professional development experience in my role as Director of CCCCD's recently created Center for Civic Engagement and Scholarship," said Hughes. "Learning and sharing with other community college leaders from across the country will no doubt provide valuable leadership insight and ideas for me as the college embarks on this exciting and important civic engagement initiative."