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MCC Official Selected for National Fellowship Program

[Tuesday, May 2, 2017]


Terri Berryman

McHenry County College’s interim associate vice president Terri Berryman, Ph.D., has been selected as an Aspen Presidential Fellow for Community College Excellence for the 2017-18 school year.

Berryman, of Gurnee, is one of 40 community college leaders, including two from Illinois, chosen from throughout the country for this highly competitive national fellowship. She will begin her year-long program in July at Stanford University in Stanford, California and attend two other week-long sessions during the 2017-18 school year. She will also be paired with a current community college president for mentoring on a regular basis throughout the process. She was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements for greater student success and access.

“I am honored and thrilled to be selected to participate in the second cohort of the Aspen Presidential Fellows program,” Berryman said. “The opportunities for networking and learning best practices in community colleges nationally will not only help me personally, but will allow me to bring new and exciting ideas and opportunities to McHenry County College and its students. Community colleges, particularly in Illinois, are facing difficult challenges and this will give me an opportunity to discuss and develop new ways of tackling these issues with 39 other highly qualified individuals.”

“Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and top community college leaders, the program focuses on a new vision for leadership centered on delivering strong student outcomes in four areas: learning, completion while in community college and of bachelor’s degrees after transfer, employment and earnings after graduation, and equitable access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students.

Aspen Presidential Fellows are selected because each fellow has the capacity to be an exceptional community college president with the drive and capacity to transform their institutions to empower more students to achieve success in college and in the workplace.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship centers on three broad themes: Leading for Impact, Leading Transformational Change and Partnering for Collective Action. Sessions are led by Aspen Institute and Stanford University faculty, as well as some of the nation’s top community college professionals and higher education experts, incorporating case studies, promising practices, and emerging research.


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