|AAWCC Names President of the Year
| Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX • The
American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) recognized
Alice W. Villadsen, Ph.D., president of Brookhaven College, with the Carolyn
Desjardins President of the Year Award at its annual awards breakfast April
26. The award honors a two-year college president who has made a significant
contribution to women in community and technical colleges while demonstrating
outstanding support for AAWCC's goals of equity and excellence in education
and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges.
|Dr. Mary Spilde, president of the AAWCC
and president of Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., presented the award
to Dr. Villadsen as part of the American Association of Community College's
(AACC) annual convention. The award is named for Carolyn Desjardins, who
was dedicated to developing women leaders in community colleges, working
for nearly 17 years with the National Institute for Leadership Development
|Since 1998, Dr. Villadsen has served as
the president of Brookhaven College, guiding the college a period of high
growth with the number of credit students increasing from 7,607 in fall
1998 to 10,890 in fall 2003. Dr. Villadsen holds a doctorate in higher education/administration,
master of arts in English, and bachelor of science in secondary education-all
from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her post-doctoral studies
have included terms at the Institute for Future Presidents, North Carolina
Community College System; the Executive Leadership Institute at the League
for Innovation in the Community College; and the Professional Administrators
Development Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges.
She is currently an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University.
|Dr. Villadsen currently serves as a board
member for the AACC and is on the advisory board for the AAWCC. In addition,
she is a contributing member of the National Institute for Leadership Development
and supports the Texas Campus Compact, a coalition of institutions committed
to the civic purposes of higher education. Her personal volunteer service
in her communities have included board appointments for RHD Memorial Medical
Center, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Red
Cross, United Cerebral Palsy, Volunteer Center, and Communities in Schools.
|AAWCC was organized in 1973, and is guided
by a commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for
women in community, junior and technical colleges. It is a council of the
AACC. The organization is active at national, regional, state and local
levels through a variety of programs and services.