Presidential Resources

The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research recognizes that leaders are facing unique challenges as they address unprecedented changes impacting their communities, the state, and the world.

The Belk Center offered two in-person symposia, in Raleigh and Charlotte, the week of March 2, 2020. Each symposia offered a 2-day program that invited presidents to bring a team from their institution to formulate an action plan for increasing postsecondary credential attainment in their service area.

The Belk Center is offering confidential 30-minute presidential resource sessions with Professors of Practice and retired NC presidents:  Ken Ender, Gary Green, Mary Rittling, Steve Scott, and Bob Templin.  The purpose of this service is to provide you with confidential space and time to talk about issues you are facing as you lead in uncertain times.

The calendar for resource session dates and times is now available.  To reserve a date and time, click the “sign up” button in the time slot you prefer.  You will immediately receive a confirmation email from Signup Genius; a Zoom meeting invitation from Julia Ahrns in the Belk Center will follow shortly thereafter.

To cancel and/or reschedule a session, please email Julia Ahrns at
The Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy will be hosting a virtual conversation series over the next few months to provide an opportunity for presidents to discuss how they are envisioning their colleges moving forward. During the session, presidents will hear from presidential peers, national and local experts, and engage in a facilitated dialogue around pressing topics as we prepare to improve student success in a new normal. Sessions will be held on Thursdays at 12pm and invitations will be sent via calendar appointments from the Belk Center. For questions regarding this series, please email Jemilia Davis at
  • Thursday, April 23 – Sustaining a Positive Campus Climate
    During this conversation the Belk Center will discuss the value of surveying employees during this current time, how survey data can be used to support decision-making, and share more information about the no-cost survey Employee Perspectives in Times of Uncertainty.
  • Thursday, May 7 – Maximizing Technology for Collegewide Success
    Technology has played a critical role in shifting many college activities  to a virtual environment. This session will cover tools and strategies that maximize technology for collegewide success including guidance on continuity planning, utilizing Quality Matters, and addressing faculty needs. Presidents will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and share lessons learned from making decisions about technology before, during, and post-pandemic.
  • Thursday, May 21 – Planning for Financial Sustainability
    Community colleges around the nation are strategically responding to and preparing for the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. College presidents anticipate financial challenges and opportunities that will guide their next decisions. This session will offer funding models to consider as presidents explore, develop, and implement their financial sustainability plans and offer an opportunity to discuss how presidents are engaging in next steps with their North Carolina presidential colleagues.
  • Thursday, June 4 – Planning for Anticipated Enrollment Changes
    The coronavirus pandemic will require us to reexamine our student access and success agenda. The demographic of our community college student population will change, which will lead to changes in college recruitment and retention strategies. College presidents are faced with the unique challenge of anticipating many changes and making decisions to ensure that students continue to succeed.  This session will share common issues faced as presidents anticipate enrollment changes across North Carolina and facilitate a discussion around innovative ways to strengthen the college’s capacity to support student access and success amidst the expected changes.
  • Thursday, June 18 – Sustaining Student Success in a New Environment – Postponed Date TBD
    While the environment for college employees and students has changed in light of COVID-19, sustaining holistic student success through equitable practices remains a priority for all 58 community colleges. This session will highlight unique approaches to supporting students inside and outside the classroom that promote success. Presidents will also have an opportunity to share successes and challenges as they move their colleges forward. 

This survey will assess how employees are managing their professional and personal experiences during the pandemic and help colleges define and meet their current and future needs. The goal of this survey is to provide actionable data to support decision-making and planning for the upcoming semesters. All participating colleges will receive individual college reports in pdf form sent directly to the president.

The survey will be administered at no-cost and is designed for all campus employees to participate. Please note, while the Belk Center does offer other campus climate surveys, colleges are under no obligation to participate in any future surveys.

Colleges interested in participating should email  no later than April 27th to participate with the name of college-level Point of Contact (POC) who will liaise with our team to administer the survey.

The survey will be discussed during upcoming Critical Conversations Series: Sustaining a Positive Campus Climate on April 23rd at 12pm via Zoom. We welcome you and your campus-level POC to join the call.

Updated Survey Timeline:

  • May 5th: Survey opens
  • May 8th: Morning of college sends out a reminder email (we will provide template)
  • May 11th: Morning of college sends out a “One Day Left” reminder email (we will provide template)
  • May 12th: Morning of college sends out LAST CHANCE reminder email (we will provide template)
  • May 12th: Survey closes – 5pm
  • May 22nd: 
    • Provide datafile (no demographics/no quals)
    • Provide PDF of Qualtrics reports – These reports will provide item responses in the aggregate, no disaggregation & no qualitative comments
  • June 3rd:
    • Provide raw qual reports – no coding (redacted to meet confidentiality standards).
    • Provide datafile (separate tabs per demographic & redacted to meet confidentiality standards)
  • End of June/ Early July: Provide a full quantitative report including disaggregated results by demographics upon request.

The Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy hosted an event with the NCACCP Personnel and Professional Development Committee for new presidents and those who may not have had the chance to engage with the Belk Center previously. This event was intended for presidents to learn more about the Belk Center and our various resources that can support you and your institution.

  • October 1 – Planning for Anticipated Enrollment Changes
    The session included a review of state-level student data, presidential presentation and panel discussion, and facilitated small group conversation designed to share and gain perspectives from across the state. If you were unable to attend and would like to receive your institution’s data, please reach out to Kim Sepich.
  • October 27 – Planning for Anticipated Enrollment Changes
    The session included a presidential speaker and a presidential panel to discuss four main themes: campus culture, messaging, hiring and employees, and institutional initiatives.
  • December 1 –
    The session included a presidential panel to discuss takeaways from the Dallas Herring Lecture and focuses on questions from Dr. Eddinger’s discussion guide.

Working in partnership with the Belk Center, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program is designing and delivering a series of workshops dedicated to how North Carolina’s community college presidents can develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for enhancing teaching and learning excellence. Based on Aspen’s framework for leading improvements in teaching and learning and tailored to the needs and context of North Carolina’s community colleges, the workshop series will engage presidents in four expert-facilitated events. The first two events are planned for spring 2021; the third and fourth events will be planned for the fall 2021 and early spring 2022 semesters.

  • February 4 – Leading Teaching & Learning: The President’s Role

The session was the kick-off of the teaching and learning series hosted in partnership with the Aspen Institute. 


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