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Gene Deese

Oct 23, 2020

Why I Give: ‘I Give to Support the Caring Group of Administrators, Faculty and Staff Who Once Made Me Feel Loved,’ Says Doctoral Student Gene Deese ‘21EDD

Four months after starting his doctorate program, Hurricane Florence impacted the area where Gene Deese ‘21EDD lived. Within days, the NC State College of Education responded with resources to help him continue his education. Deese gives back to the college as a token of appreciation for the support he received when he needed it the most. 

Delores Parker

Sep 15, 2020

Why I Give: ‘I Started Giving to the College Out of a Sense of Gratitude for My Education. I Had Many Career Opportunities Because of My Doctorate, and I Want Other Students to Have Similar Opportunities,’ Says Delores Parker ‘78EDD

Delores Parker ‘78EDD always wanted to be a lawyer. But when she landed a job in a community college, she found her niche and never looked back. Earning a doctorate from the NC State College of Education opened many doors for her and inspired her to give back to the college as a sense of gratitude for what the college gave her, personally and professionally. 

CTE Fellows

Aug 24, 2020

Doctoral Student Katie Loovis ‘22EDD Credits Experience in Community College Leadership Program with Helping Her Author New Report Examining Workforce Development in Skilled Construction Trades

Katie Loovis ‘22EDD has been a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education for just over one year, but her time in the Community College Leadership program has helped her to conduct research that is already having an impact on workforce development initiatives in North Carolina. 

C. Neill McLeod

Jul 14, 2020

Why I Give: ‘I Believe in the Continuing Education of Adults and NC State Does a Lot to Support Our Community College System,’ Says C. Neill McLeod ‘72MS, ’74EDD

C. Neill McLeod ‘72MS, ’74EDD, who served as the first female president of a community college in the state, credits her success as a leader to her experiences as a student in the NC State College of Education. The impact her professors had on her life inspires her to give back to the college in their honor. 

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May 22, 2020

EdNC: Here’s How the Belk Center Helped Community College Faculty Shift to Online Teaching During COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit, community colleges across North Carolina had not a moment to lose in moving thousands of students to online-only instruction. The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at NC State immediately reached out to presidents and administrators to see how it could help, creating a series of webinars and support facilitated by Teaching Assistant Professor Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., and Teaching Assistant Professor Carrol Warren, Ed.D. 

New wolf statue on central campus.

Feb 4, 2020

Doctoral Students Represent NC State College of Education at National Conferences through Belk Center’s 2020 Fellows Program

Doctoral students in the Belk Center’s 2020 Fellows Program are sharing how participation in the program has helped them succeed and why they are excited for the opportunity to attend national community college conferences this spring. 

Two community college leaders talk during the statewide leadership conference on community college's impact on economic mobility.

May 29, 2019

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. 

David Ayers won the Senior Scholar Award from Council for the Study of Community Colleges

Apr 29, 2019

David Ayers ’99EDD on Refining Community through Leadership

David Ayers ’99EDD recently received the Senior Scholar Award for his research on community colleges from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. But his work really began as a child exploring the campus of Surry Community College where his father worked. 

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Apr 12, 2019

Inside Higher Ed: [Survey] Presidents Divided on Community College Bachelor’s Degrees

Seventeen percent of the nation's community college presidents reported plans to retire within the next two years according to a recent Inside Higher Ed survey. That number is down from the 26 percent that stated the same intentions last year, but concerns remain about the future leadership of two-year institutions. NC State College of Education Professor Audrey Jaeger says, “The issue is [now] less about how many are retiring but how can we prepare current and future presidents for these complex jobs." 

Achieving the Dream President and CEO Karen Stout

Nov 29, 2018

Achieving the Dream President and CEO Karen Stout: “Creating Greater Urgency for Teaching and Learning in Institutional Reform is Long Overdue”

"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 she delivered Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. How can leaders create a culture of excellent teaching and learning? She identifies three guiding principles and five building blocks.