2010 December 1 - 12:00 am


  • In recognition of special leadership in marketing and public relations, New Jersey’s Salem Community College President Peter B. Contini has received the Pacesetter of the Year Award. The National Council of Marketing and Public Relations District I presented the 2010 award. Comprised of seven districts, NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. Under Contini’s leadership, SCC has witnessed unprecedented growth, enjoying a nearly 55 percent enrollment increase since 2004. Programs in nursing, scientific glass technology and glass art have helped drive the enrollment gains and brought greater visibility. In particular, the glass programs attract students from across the nation.Contini’s leadership in building strategic partnerships was recognized. Most recently, SCC partnered with PSEG Nuclear to start an associate degree in program in Nuclear Energy Technology and teamed with Energy Freedom Pioneers to start a degree option in Sustainable Energy Technology.

  • Arizona’s Phoenix College president Anna Solley, a member of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, has been honored with one of the first annual Arizona Higher Education Awards. The Loui Olivas Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education recognizes Solley as a champion of higher education that benefits Hispanic students. The awards were presented by The Victoria Foundation. Created to highlight the leadership of Hispanic educators at institutions of higher learning with the goal of inspiring more Latino students in Arizona to pursue college degrees, the awards themselves are named after current Hispanic educational leaders. Solley’s leadership has resulted in accomplishments such as the creation of the Raul H. Castro Institute, a “do tank” housed at Phoenix College that focuses on issues impacting Arizona’s Latino community, and Phoenix College’s receipt of a five-year Title V grant to increase the number of Latino students in math and science courses. Phoenix College serves more than 30,000 students each year and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 34 percent. Solley has been a leader in higher education for more than 34 years and has served as president of Phoenix College, the flagship of the Maricopa Community Colleges, since 2005.

  • A Dallas County Community College District administrator has spent her life helping others learn and achieve their goals. Those efforts, started many years ago, have brought recognition to Pam Quinn, who recently was honored as a role model for current high school students as they seek to build future careers. Quinn, provost for DCCCD’s LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, was honored during a trip to her alma mater, where she received the Riverside Brookfield High School Alumni Medal of Achievement Award. The award ceremonies were held at the suburban Chicago high school in late October. The purpose of the award is twofold: to recognize alumni who exhibit a high set of standards and achievements; and to enlighten current students about future options and motivate them to set high goals for themselves in public or private sector careers. Quinn is the first community college educator to receive the award.
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