Presidents’ Academy

During the initial phase of Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership, we established an Advisory Board composed primarily of North Carolina community college presidents, as well as community college system representatives. The Board requested that we explore the possibility of facilitating programs for presidents and system representatives, while targeting the onboarding of new presidents and helping to better equip all presidents to lead institutional changes related to improving student access, including completion, equity, teaching and learning, as well as equity outcomes.

Key Partners in Development

Using the planning grant period funded by the JMBE, we convened members of the Professional Development Committee of the NCACCP, the NCCC System Office, and the NCACCT to confirm the need for such leadership development efforts and gain their endorsement and support for jointly developing professional development programs. The NCACCP Professional Development Committee unanimously voted to support these efforts and pledged their willingness to work with us in jointly developing such programming. In addition, leaders in the NCCC System Office and the NC Student Success Center saw our efforts as complimenting plans they were leading with the colleges. The next stage of the planning work with the NCACCP Professional Development Committee was to identify the top priority issues for professional development, establish and advance professional development activities addressing those issues, and plan the specific programs with the aid of technical assistance providers.


About the Presidents’ Academy

The Presidents’ Academy, along with the  Trustees’ Institute, provides crucial support to North Carolina community college Presidents by refocusing leadership and governance on community college excellence and student outcomes. The Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy provides an organizing framework and serves as the centerpiece of community college presidential leadership development. It offers ongoing support in retreat settings for presidents’ meetings. The Trustees’ Institute operates in tandem with the Presidents’ Academy, highlighting the student success agenda, evidence-based decision making, continuous institutional improvement, policy governance, fiduciary responsibilities, and more. It emphasizes president and board chair relations while extending leadership development to all trustees. 

Together, the Presidents’ Academy and Trustees’ institute will unify leadership development efforts that exist across North Carolina. The Academy and Institute cultivate crucial leadership competencies and orient community colleges toward the student success outcomes agenda by bringing critical knowledge and resources from national organizations to address issues in North Carolina. The Belk Center’s coordination encourages collaboration and synergy. Ultimately, it will enable presidents to pursue sound goals that promote student success, and trustees will be equipped to understand and actively support presidents in their efforts.

The Presidents' Academy in the News

EdNC: Community college leaders reflect on Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy Conference

The Belk Center’s first Presidents’ Academy and Statewide Leadership Conference (SLC) was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Guilford Technical Community College’s Conference Center in Colfax, North Carolina. The conference focused on the critical role North Carolina’s community colleges and leaders play in creating a “grow our own” workforce strategy to fuel the state’s expanding high-skills economy and accelerate economic mobility for more North Carolinians.

Belk Center Brings Community College Presidents, Trustees Together to Discuss Ways to Improve Student Outcomes, Economic Mobility at 1st Presidents’ Academy

What role do community colleges play in realizing this goal and enhancing North Carolina economic competitiveness, and how can they help the state’s residents improve their economic mobility and meet future workforce demands? Presidents and trustees of community colleges from across North Carolina weighed those questions Thursday, May 23, 2019, during the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research’s first Presidents’ Academy statewide leadership conference.