Community college administrators introduced to transformational change at Brandman
Community college administrators from throughout California spent five days in Irvine this week learning the “nuts and bolts” of community college governance, enrollment management, finance and human resources.
The annual Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) classroom sessions were held at Brandman University, which partners with ACCCA on programs throughout the year.
While most sessions were true “nuts and bolts” sessions about administration, Dr. Pat White, associate dean of the School of Education, spoke with the administrators during a lunchtime meeting to give them the bigger view of what college administrators can do.
“Leadership much change in order for community colleges to change,” said White, whose primary focus at Brandman is the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in organizational leadership program. Colleges and college students face a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, and dealing with that demands leadership, she said.
White and others reached out to employers, including top-level college administrators, to find out the key skills needed by those seeking to change their organizations without “bringing a house of cards down upon them.”
Key abilities include having a shared vision, embracing diversity, building collaborative relationships, having political intelligence and thinking strategically. Leaders must also have a passion for creativity and sustained innovation, she said. Learning how to tap those skills and build leadership qualities is the main reason to go for an advanced degree, she said. “It’s not just to add some initials behind your name.”
White also highlighted some of the achievements of some of Brandman’s new doctoral alumni who work in community colleges, including getting a bond measure passed for college improvements.
Others from Brandman participating in the sessions were Community and Corporate Relations managers Nicole Beall, Sheila Bishop, and Candice Carter; School of Education Dean Christine Zeppos and Matthew Venegas, assistant vice chancellor for outreach.
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