Welcome to the Doctorate in Community College Leadership website!

Dr. Roberta Teahen

Dr. Roberta Teahen, Director

At Ferris State University, we are excited to offer the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program, which was launched in June 2010, when we enrolled an inaugural cohort of 29 students from 10 community colleges throughout Michigan. We are presently recruiting for the 2017 cohort, in the Midwest and beyond, so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know!

As our program has grown, we are expanding this site to include important information for community college leaders. Watch for our students,' faculty, and staff contributions, newsletters, special events, and information on critical issues. If you have ideas you would like to see here, please let us know that too!

Our commitment is to continue to offer a distinctive program that produces exceptional community college leaders. The program was designed with the guidance of a distinguished National Advisory Board, whose profiles will be found in the “Our Talent” section of this website. The program is designed to be relevant, rigorous, convenient, and effective. Completers will be able to explain the ways in which they will be able to demonstrate the program's outcomes, which include advocating and advancing mission, developing and executing strategy, and driving an institutional effectiveness culture, among others. Look for the complete list of planned outcomes under the “Our Program” link.

I am honored to serve as the director of this program. I often introduce myself as a “proud graduate of a community college”, where I learned much of what I use each day of my life in writing, thinking, presenting, analyzing, and interacting. My community college education served me and hundreds of thousands of students well. I spent more than 30 years in various community college roles, starting as an adjunct faculty member and serving as a full-time business faculty member, division director, and dean. My work at Ferris has enabled me to continue to work with exceptional community college colleagues across the nation, and leadership of this program is the ultimate capstone experience as I work with talented faculty, students, and staff to continue to enhance and advance the vital role of community colleges.


Roberta C. Teahen, Ph.D., DCCL Director