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UNCW/3C Hosts Aspiring Leaders Summit at Craven Community College

Monday, May 03, 2021

The UNCW/3C Collaborative is a university-community college partnership initiative created in 2019 to walk shoulder to shoulder in partnership to develop strong future leaders, as well as other partnering initiatives, for North Carolina’s community colleges.

Through the UNCW/3C Collaborative, UNCW works with community college partners to offer programs, conferences and professional development and other events that will help to strengthen higher education offerings in the state.

Twenty aspiring community college leaders attended a two-day professional development event at Craven Community College in New Bern in April. During the Aspiring Leaders’ Summit, Critical Appreciative Inquiry was used as the methodology to explore topics including budgeting, conflict resolution, diversity-equity & inclusion, SACSCOC, and the staff to administrative transition. 

Denise Henning planned the event in partnership with Kathleen Gallman, Vice President for Instruction at Craven Community College; Dr. Deborah Grimes, Senior Vice President of Instruction & Student Services at Lenoir Community College; Tim Maddox, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Lenoir Community College; and Marilyn Sheerer, Professor at UNCW’s Watson College. Henning is director of the UNCW/3C Collaborative, coordinator of WCE’S Community College Leadership Certificate program and a professor of practice at UNCW’s Watson College of Education.

“The greatest compliment an event like this could receive is, ‘This is the best professional development I have ever attended,’ and this was heard from many in our closing circle,” Henning said. “We thank Dr. Kathleen Gallman and the administration and support staff for their hospitality and assistance in making this event an amazing experience for all the participants. Our work together over the two days was not only powerful, but we broadened our networks and took away a real sense of the power of meaningful authentic partnerships.”

Attendance at the conference was limited to 20 participants due to COVID guidelines, but additional Aspiring Leaders’ Summit events are planned for next year. Community College leaders interested in planning a university-community college professional development event may contact Dr. Denise Henning at henningd@uncw.edu or 910.962.0568.

Community College Leadership Certificate Program

UNCW introduced a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Community College Leadership in fall 2019. The 12- credit hour program, offered through the Higher Education program in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, is designed for community college administrators and faculty members. Courses focus on teaching and learning at community colleges and provide an overview of the mission, functions and diversity among community college leadership. Organizational management, including policy and budgeting, are also covered.

For more information on the Community College Leadership program visit the program website

Learn more about the UNCW/3C Collaborative on the UNCW/3C website.