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Four DCCL Members Nominated For K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Roberta TeahenFour Cohort One members enrolled in Ferris State University’s Doctorate in Community College Leadership program were nominated for the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award recognizes current doctoral students who have demonstrated their leadership ability and their commitment to the development of others as leaders, scholars and citizens.

“Ferris will graduate its first cohort of 23 in the DCCL in May 2013. Within the cohort are many who have proven to be deserving of this recognition, and the faculty identified four to nominate for this prestigious honor,” said Roberta Teahen, associate provost of Accreditation, Assessment, Compliance and Evaluation in Academic Affairs and director of the DCCL program. “Our candidates are diverse in their roles and interests, but they reflect the ideals both of the Cross award and the program goals, as they are leaders within their colleges and their cohort.”

The nominees, as selected by DCCL faculty and administrators, are: Naomi DeWinter, North Central Michigan College; Jan Karazim, Kellogg Community College; Kim Klein, Delta College; and Joe Vitanza, Southwestern Michigan College.

“All four nominees are dynamic and thoughtful current and future leaders who will continue to positively influence community colleges in Michigan and beyond,” Teahen said.

Eight national awards are presented, and the DCCL program leadership team expects to know in December whether any of the Ferris nominees will be selected.