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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2004
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 (NILD).
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.
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