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For immediate release Nov. 18, 2004
Brookhaven College President Announces Retirement for August 2005
Alice Villadsen, president of Brookhaven College
Alice Villadsen, Ph. D.
President, Brookhaven College
Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX  • After nearly 36 years of teaching and service in higher education Brookhaven College President Alice W. Villadsen, Ph.D., announced her planned retirement to be effective at the end of the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Dr. Villadsen made the announcement to employees at an all-college meeting today saying that she and her husband Wayne look forward to moving to Gulf Shores, Ala., to be near family and friends.
Dr. Villadsen’s seven-year tenure at Brookhaven College began July 1, 1998, following Walter G. Bumphus, who served from 1991-1998. The hallmark of Villadsen’s presidency is the college’s motto: "Dedicated to Student Success," and the self-study initiative known as the "Success College," which earned support for program implementation through the Achieving the Dream Lumina Grant earlier this year.
"In the next nine months, I plan to continue the college’s plans for a solid academic year with a balanced budget supporting the many instructional and student support programs," said Villadsen. "We have passed a bond with a 71 percent vote of confidence from the community that will provide the most significant expansion of facilities since Brookhaven was built in 1978. The building program will change the face of the campus, expand parking and support continued enrollment growth and I look forward to breaking ground before I leave," said Villadsen.
As president, Dr. Villadsen has led the college through many changes and achievements. Enrollment grew by more than 3,400 credit students, student retention rates rose, and more than $5 million in renovations of business and fine arts instructional space were completed. A two-year process culminated in December 2003 with successful re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Villadsen also oversaw the transformation of the student population from 60 to 48.5 percent Caucasian, non-Hispanic, and 14.5 to 22.4 percent Hispanic, with African-American student enrollment growth that has increased from 9.8 to 13.3 percent. As the recipient of the largest single donation to a community college, Villadsen garnered the $3.5 million gift from Ellison Miles, oil and natural gas producer, for Brookhaven College's Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. As an elected board member of the American Association of Community Colleges, Villadsen was honored in April 2004 as President of the Year by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. Under Villadsen's leadership the Visiting Scholar Program added strength to the college's faculty ranks through the hiring of instructors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, a new two-year nursing program was approved by the Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas and the college celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003.
Background Information
Prior to her arrival in Dallas, Villadsen served as vice president for instruction at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., for five years. She served as both dean of instruction and dean of administration at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., and simultaneously served as division chair of Humanities and as an English professor at Calhoun from 1980-1988. She also taught English at the University of Alabama and Gulf Coast Community College in Florida.
Dr. Villadsen holds a doctorate in Higher Education/Administration, master’s degree in English and bachelor’s in secondary education - all from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 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 Community Colleges; and the Professional Administrators Development Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Dr. Villadsen’s numerous publications have appeared in the book Taking a Big Picture Look at Technology, Learning & the Community College, The Journal of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Leadership Abstracts, and the Birmingham News. She has made presentations before numerous organizations, such as the annual conferences of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Within her profession, she has served as one of four community college representatives on the team that developed a statewide articulation agreement between the community college and the university system of North Carolina. She served as president of the Alabama Association of College Administrators, and the Alabama Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. She has been a faculty member at the League for Innovation for Executive Leadership Institute and has been a consultant on workforce development/welfare reform initiatives for the states of Louisiana and Alabama. Additionally, she routinely volunteers her time as chair and member of accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Villadsen won the National Community College Business Offices Exemplary Planning Award, as tri-chair of a two-year project that resulted in the Information Technology Plan for the Dallas County Community College District. She is an adjunct faculty member of Dallas Baptist University.
Her volunteer service in her communities have included board appointments for The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Dallas’ Special Care and Career Services, Farmers Branch and Metrocrest Chambers of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, Red Cross, United Cerebral Palsy, Volunteer Center, Communities in Schools and Smart Start.
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