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UNCW/3C Hosts Community College Aspiring Leaders’ Summits

Saturday, December 03, 2022

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

This fall, Aspiring Leaders’ Summits were hosted at Cape Fear Community College in October and Carteret Community College in November. During the two-day summit events, Critical Appreciative Inquiry was used as a framework to explore topics including budgeting, conflict resolution, diversity-equity & inclusion, SACSCOC, ethics, leadership and the staff to administrative transition.

Denise Henning, along with facilitator/mentors who are leaders in NC community colleges planned the events in partnership with the host community colleges, 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 in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership.

“The Aspiring Leaders’ Summit has been a partnership between Watson College of Education and the NC community colleges for three years, and it has been inspiring for both the facilitator/mentors and the participants in attendance,” Henning said. “Participants are passionate about developing their personal leadership and focused on the future success of student and their respective institutions. We look forward to hosting additional Aspiring Leaders’ Summits with our community college partners during the 2023-24 academic year.”

For more information, visit the UNCW/3C website or contact Dr. Denise Henning at henningd@uncw.edu or 910.962.0568.