HCC Southeast President Frances Villagran-Glover named Aspen Institute New President Fellow

Aug 24, 2022

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced Monday that Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, president of HCC's Southeast College, is one of 26 leaders selected for the 2022-23 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship.

The program supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they work to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. Dr. Villagran-Glover joined HCC in October 2021.

This class of fellows represent the diversity of our nation’s community colleges, collectively serving over 250,000 students at colleges across the nation, in urban, suburban, and rural areas. The incoming class of New Presidents Fellows is 46 percent female and 65 percent are people of color. Located in 19 states, their institutions too are diverse, from a tribal college with fewer than 300 students to an urban college that educates more than 35,000 each year.

The fellows, selected through a competitive process, will work closely with other transformational community college presidents and Aspen leaders over nine months to learn from field-leading research, analyze their colleges’ student outcomes, and clarify their visions for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate.

“The quality of our nation’s community colleges depends on the quality of our college presidents,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “I am continually inspired and motivated by the dedication and expertise that our fellows bring to the work of advancing excellence and equity on their campuses, and I look forward to seeing the changes they make in real time to improve outcomes for their students.”

Dr. Villagran-Glover has spent her career working to improve student pathways into higher education. “To be recognized by the Aspen Institute is a great honor,” she said. “At Southeast College, we are striving to remove barriers and provide students the tools necessary to accomplish their educational, professional and personal goals. This mirrors the work of Aspen, and I am looking forward to my interactions with the new fellows to share ideas and strategies to drive student success.”

JPMorgan Chase supports the Aspen Presidential Fellowship as part of the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative to prepare young people for the future of work and meet the growing demand for skilled workers and the $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity and drive an inclusive economy.

For bios and photos of all 26 leaders, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org/meet-the-new-presidents-fellows.



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