Expert Engagement

A national advisory board of recognized community college leaders guides the program; many serve as faculty and guest lecturers. 

Dr. Keith Bird

Keith Bird, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Fellow
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

Dr. Bird is the former chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College system. He currently serves as Senior Policy Fellow for Workforce and Postsecondary Education, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Donald Burns

Donald Burns, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
Montcalm Community College

Dr. Burns is president emeritus of Montcalm Community College. Prior to his 25 years as president he served as dean of student and community services and as executive vice-president. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He also serves on the advisory board for the Ferris State University Community College Leadership Program.

Dr. Diane Chaddock

Diane Chaddock, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer (ret)
Southwestern Michigan College

Dr. Chaddock recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwestern Michigan College. As Chief Operating Officer, she was directly responsible for all of the internal operations of the College and provides leadership and coordination for all cross divisional activities. In this role she also serves as the chief academic officer. Under her leadership, Southwestern Michigan College implemented a culture of continuous quality improvement anchored in the College goals of quality, student success, and service to the community. The success of this culture change is evidenced by the current ranking of the College in the top 10% of the nation in student course success and the top 1% of the nation in student transfer success.
Ding-Jo H. Currie

Ding-Jo Currie, Ph.D.
Chancellor (ret)
Coast Community College District

Dr. Currie was recently the Chancellor of Coast Community College District (CA), which includes three colleges: Coastline College, Golden West College and Orange Coast College.  She was the former President of Coastline Community College. She was also the Chair of the American Association of Community Colleges in 2008.
Dr. Naomi DeWinter

Naomi DeWinter, Ed.D.
President
Muscatine Community College

Before being named president of Muscatine Community College in 2015, Dr. DeWinter was the Vice President of Student Affairs at North Central College in Petoskey, MI.  She served in that role since 2001 and was previously Director of Enrollment Management for North Central. Previously, she worked in admissions and led enrollment efforts at Oakland Community College in Michigan.  DeWinter holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University and earned her Ed.D. from Ferris State University.
Dr. James Jacobs

James Jacobs, Ph.D.
President
Macomb Community College

Dr. Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as the associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University.
PegLee

Margaret B. (Peg) Lee, Ph.D.
President (ret)
Oakton Community College

Margaret B. Lee began her tenure as president of Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, on July 1, 1995. She holds the rank of professor of English at the College where she served as academic vice president from 1985 to 1995. Her prior administrative positions in Michigan include dean of instruction at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (1982-85) and dean of liberal arts at Alpena Community College (1980-82).

Laura Meeks

Laura Meeks, Ph.D.
President (ret)
Eastern Gateway Community College

Dr. Laura Meeks was president of Eastern Gateway Community College, which serves Trumbull, Mahoning,Columbiana and Jefferson Counties in Eastern Ohio. Under her 15-year tenure, enrollment has grown more than 78 percent and the college has gained national recognition, including being named an initial Leader College in the Achieving the Dream national student success movement and receiving more than $34 million in federal and private grants. Recently, Eastern Gateway was recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as one of the fastest growing colleges in the United States. This spring the college enrolled more than 3,000 students for the first time for a 20% increase from 2013.

 

Dr. Gunder Myran

Gunder Myran, Ed.D.
President Emeritus
Washtenaw Community College

Gunder Myran holds a Doctorate in Administration/Higher Education from Michigan State University and completed his post-doctoral study while attending the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.  From 1975 to 1998, Gunder Myran served as the President of Washtenaw Community College and has served in various roles as dean, professor, and high school instructor throughout his career as an educator.

He currently serves as Senior Consultant to the Chancellor of the Wayne County Community College District and is President of Myran and Associates, a company that has provided consulting services to over 50 community colleges, universities, and associations including: Michigan State University, Ferris State University, St. Clair County Community College, and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. In addition, Gunder serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Ferris State University’s Doctorate in Community College Leadership program and as an adjunct faculty member.

Drawing from his education and experience as an educator and working professional, Gunder Myran has published numerous magazine articles, chapters, brochures, and texts including: The Future of the Urban Community College: Shaping the Pathways to a Multiracial Democracy (2013), Reinventing the Open Door: Transformational Strategies for Community Colleges (2009), Leadership Strategies for Community College Executives (2003), and Community College Leadership for the New Century: Learning to Improve Learning (1995). Gunder Myran was presented with the 2014 AACC Leadership Award at the opening session of the AACC convention in April.

Dr. Donald Newport

Donald Newport, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
Alpena Community College

Dr. Newport is president emeritus of Alpena Community College. He is a former board member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and helped define the competencies for community college leaders.

Dr. David Ponitz

David Ponitz, Ed.D.
President Emeritus
Sinclair Community College

Dr. Ponitz is president emeritus of Sinclair Community College. He is nationally recognized as a presidential search consultant. He is also a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

Thomas J. Snyder

Thomas Snyder
President (ret)
Ivy Tech Community College

Thomas J. Snyder serves as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system and the largest institution of higher education in Indiana. Prior to joining Ivy Tech, he was Chairman and CEO/President at Flagship Energy Systems Center and Delco Remy International, Inc., respectively.

Diane K. Troyer

Diane Troyer, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant

Dr. Troyer currently serves as an education consultant specializing on access and completion in public community colleges. Until July 2010, she served as a Senior Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that she served as the founding president of Lone Star College - CyFair, in Cypress, Texas. Dr. Troyer received her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.