|Brookhaven College President Announces Retirement for August 2005
|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.
|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