College Partners

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jose adames

President, El Centro College & Dallas College Partner

Dr. José Adames serves as president of El Centro College, one of the colleges in the Dallas County Community College District. As president, he represents the college to the external community, such as: board member of Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI); member of the DDI Vision 360 committee; Board member of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and; member of the Pinkston High School Coalition. He is an experienced educator and administrator with over 30 years of service at the community college and university level in New Jersey and New York. He has demonstrated accomplishments in key areas that include enhancing student success; developing college and community-wide partnerships; strengthening educational pathways in developmental education and in science, technology, engineering and math; and fostering campus collaboration. Dr. Adames holds an Ed.D. and M.ED. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, N.Y., an M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Politics from Seton Hall University, N.J.

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marie gnage

Institutional Effectiveness, Florida State College & Jacksonville College Partner

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sam hill

Provost, Northern Virginia Community College & National Capital Region College Partner

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eduardo padron

President, Miami Dade College & Miami College Partner

An American by choice, Eduardo Padrón arrived in the United States as a teenage refugee in 1961. Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2018, he was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of America's oldest and most prestigious organizations. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education. In 2009, TIME magazine included him on the list of “The 10 Best College Presidents.”. In 2011, The Washington Post named him one of the eight most influential college presidents in the U.S. In 2012, he received the Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service, the coveted TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, and the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. News & World Report STEM Hall of Fame. During his career, he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents. He currently serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Institute; RC 2020; the International Association of University Presidents; and Achieving the Dream.

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veronica ramsundar

Professor, Miami Dade College & Miami College Partner

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Kandi Deitemeyer

President, Central Piedmont Community College

Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer began her tenure as the fourth president of Central Piedmont Community College in 2017. Dr. Deitemeyer came to Central Piedmont with an extensive and diverse background in community college administration. Her career has spanned 25 years in higher education, with 23 of those serving in community college systems in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida.

As Central Piedmont’s top executive, she demonstrates the drive, talent and passion for its mission. Her principal leadership tenet is student success and transforming and improving lives. She brings a demonstrated focus on excellence, regional development and building collaborative relationships which impact opportunities for students and communities.

“I believe everything we do at Central Piedmont Community College is life-changing,” Dr. Deitemeyer has said. “When someone asks me what I do, I typically reply, ‘I am in the life-transformation business.’ After 25 years in higher education, I’ve seen the impact our colleges have on individuals, families and communities. Central Piedmont is the hope many of our students are seeking. Hope of a better job, better wage, better life, and better opportunities for their family.”

sheila edwards lange

President, Seattle Central College & Puget Sound College Partner

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annette haggray

Provost, Northern Virginia Community College & National Capital Region College Partner

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jim limbaugh

President, West LA College & Los Angeles College Partner

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despina prapavessi

Dean, Diablo Valley Community College & Bay Area College Partner

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cecile regner

VP of Academic and Student Affairs, Roxbury Community College & Boston College Partner

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