By CCW Staff  /  
2009 August 26 - 12:00 am


  • Amy Fugate, vice president for academic affairs at Mott Community College in Michigan, has been elected to serve as an at-large member on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Instructional Administrators.The group provides leadership for advancement of instructional programs, activities and support services at community colleges. Fugate has worked as the vice president for academic affairs at MCC since October 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from the University of Kansas, a master of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of science degree in speech communication from Northern Michigan University.

  • Washington’s Clark College automotive professor Mike Godson was named Educator of the Year during the 2009 North American Council of Automotive Teachers Conference. The annual award is presented for excellence in automotive repair instruction. Godson is head of the Automotive Department at Clark. He is also a Toyota Technical Education Network instructor, a chairperson on the Toyota T-TEN National Advisory Council, a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation evaluation team leader and a Washington Department of Ecology authorized emission specialist. Godson graduated from the Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale, Ariz., in 1977. He received a certificate in automatic transmissions from Clark College in 1978 and graduated from the same school in 1994 with an associate in applied science degree. He worked as an automotive technician in various dealerships and independent service facilities from 1978 until he accepted a full-time faculty position in the Clark College automotive department in 1995.

  • Maya Durnovo, dean of economic and workforce development at Houston Community College’s Spring Branch and Katy campuses, has been awarded the Carl M. Nelson Administrative Leadership Award for 2009 by the Texas Association of Community Colleges. The award was established in 2003 in memory of Carl M. “Cheesie” Nelson, who served as president of Texarkana College for many years and helped dozens of other people as they assumed leadership positions in community colleges across Texas. The award is given to a Texas community college vice president or dean who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. Durnovo’s life’s work has been devoted to the mission of the comprehensive community college. Her career spans three decades, all dedicated to the success of the community college student. Durnovo’s keen awareness of the challenges of the underachiever began with her own turbulent background. She was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to Russian parents. After the post-World War II communist takeover, she and her parents escaped to Italy and finally emigrated to the United States in 1951. At that time, she spoke Spanish, Italian and Russian. Durnovo’s personal struggles — English was her fourth language — have given her a special insight into the challenges facing underachievers, immigrants and women.
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