2020 Dallas Herring Lecture

Pam EddingerThe Belk Center is pleased to officially announce the 2020 Dallas Herring Lecture which will take place virtually on Tuesday, November 10th from 1-3pm. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College, and she will be sharing her thoughts under the title of Insights from the Pandemic: The Reckoning and the Hope at Our Nation’s Community CollegesLike lightning across the higher education landscape, the COVID pandemic illuminates the fragile conditions of community colleges and their students across the nation. Urban or rural, large or small, each institution is suddenly faced with the consequences from years of systematic defunding of public higher education. In communities of poverty and communities of color, where community colleges represent the best hope for social and economic mobility, the pandemic is a simultaneous moment of reckoning and hope. This lecture explores the possibilities.

About the Speaker: Pam Eddinger is president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest of 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. Dr. Eddinger began her tenure at BHCC in 2013, and previously served as president of Moorpark College in Southern California from 2008.

Dr. Eddinger’s service in the Community College movement spans more than 25 years, with senior posts in academics and student affairs, communications and policy, and executive leadership. In addition to the chairpersonship of the community college national reform network Achieving the Dream (ATD), Dr. Eddinger serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), WGBH Boston, the Boston Foundation (TBF), the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board, and Boston Private Industry Council. Dr. Eddinger was honored in 2016 by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College in New York City and her masters and doctorate in Japanese Literature from Columbia University.

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What is the Dallas Herring Lecture?

NC State’s College of Education hosts this annual lecture in honor of W. Dallas Herring, whose transformative vision and tireless work culminated in the inception of North Carolina’s community colleges. It invites top community college leaders to speak on urgent and emerging topics, framing how to address the issues and proposing a path forward.

Past Lectures

(2019) Dr. Sanford "Sandy" Shugart: “Ecosystem Thinking in Higher Education: The Future of Transfer”

Valencia College President, Dr. Sandy Shugart, emphasized, "As the needs of society have changed and program mixes across higher education systems evolved to meet these changing demands, transfer as a feature of the systems and of American college students’ experience has grown remarkably in scale and importance..."

(2016) Dr. Josh Wyner: “Community College 3.0: What’s Next for the Student Success Agenda?”

"Here is the challenge for community colleges over the coming decade and beyond: Can they deliver more degrees of higher quality to a more diverse population without greater public investment?" said Dr. Josh Wyner during the 2016 Dallas Herring Lecture. He is the vice president and executive director of the College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute.

(2018) Dr. Karen Stout: "The Urgent Case: Centering Teaching and Learning in the Next Generation of Community College Redesign"

"Excellent teaching and support for quality instruction must be at the core of our reform work” as community college leaders, said Achieving the Dream President and CEO Karen Stout during the 2018 Dallas Herring Lecture. How can leaders create a culture of excellent teaching and learning?

(2015) Dr. Ken Ender: "Leadership for the 21st Century Community College” Testing

"The 21st century community college leaders must conceptually view and extend their definition of 'community' as extending beyond the community college campus to K-12, university, and non-profit community-based service partners," said Harper College President Ken Ender in his 2015 Dallas Herring Lecture.

(2017) Dr. Eduardo Padrón: “Growing Inequality and Declining Economic Mobility, the Twin Challenges of Our Time: What Leaders of Higher Education Can Do”

"Will we be an engine of inequality or the best hope of people trying to build lives in this new America?" said Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón in his 2017 Dallas Herring Lecture.

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Throughout the year, the Belk Center offers multiple programs such as the Dallas Herring Lecture that are designed to support the success of our NC Community Colleges through addressing critical problems of practice facing community colleges today and tomorrow. Click on the link below to read more about the lecture as well as opportunities to endow the program.

About Dallas Herring

Dallas Herring
Dallas Herring

W. Dallas Herring was instrumental in the creation of the North Carolina Community College System. His work widened access to and democratized higher education for thousands of North Carolinians. Dr. Herring conceived of and foresaw a community college system in this state that would prepare all students – transfer and trade alike – to achieve a fulfilling life and livelihood.

Also crucial to the success of this endeavor were hundreds of North Carolinians devoting years of their career to teaching their students how to master their chosen crafts. Beyond this, though, Dr. Herring believed community colleges and those teaching at those institutions could and should cultivate students as individuals and as citizens. As Dr. Herring remarked in 1983, students pursuing and training for their futures at community colleges are more than just “automatons” of industry – they are, first and foremost, “human beings and citizens with immense potential for good,” both in their careers and their communities at large.