Eight Questions Report, Introduction

Eight Important Questions for Eleven Community College Leaders:An Exploration of Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies

by the SOURCE on Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies
May 2011

About This Report

This report is a synthesis created from in-depth interviews conducted via telephone and email by George Lorenzo, editor-in-chief of the SOURCE on Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies, with eleven community college leaders from across the country. All eleven interviewees were asked eight broad questions.

The organization of this report starts with breif bios of the eleven interviewees followed by a listing of each question with results. Each question includes a synopsis about the overall responses provided along with some (not all) of the verbatim responses collected and analyzed.


We would like to express our gratitude to all of the interviewees who are featured in this report as well as to Western Governors University for their support of this research.


Donald Cameron Donald Cameron, President of Guilford Technical Community College Donald Cameron was named the sixth president of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in 1991 after having served as interim president from August 1990. Cameron served as a high school teacher and coach at Union Pines High School in Cameron, NC, as director of continuing education at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, as vice president for academic affairs at Spartanburg Technical College in Spartanburg, SC, and as executive vice president of GTCC for nine years.

Gerardo de los Santos Gerardo de los Santos, President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College Gerardo de los Santos previously served as interim president and chief executive officer and vice president and chief operating officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College. During his tenure with the League, de los Santos has helped shape the comprehensive strategic direction of the organization and has authored numerous publications that cover a wide range of topics, including leadership development, fundraising, technology, community building, homeland security, and accelerated degree programs.

Ed Gould Ed Gould, Superintendent and President of Imperial Valley College Ed Gould’s background in education includes serving as the associate dean for higher education and corporate programs in the School of Education at Capella University. His community college background includes serving as the vice chancellor of student services and special programs for the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, president and superintendent of three California Community Colleges, and vice president and dean of student services at three other community colleges in California and Nevada.

Lee Lambert Lee Lambert, President of Shoreline Community College Lee Lambert came to Shoreline Community College (SCC) in January 2005 to serve as vice president for human resources and legal affairs. Prior to coming to SCC, he was vice president for human resources and legal affairs at Centralia College. He has served as special assistant to the president for civil rights and legal affairs at The Evergreen State College. He was also an adjunct professor who taught courses on law, civil rights and social justice, and employment law.

Wright Lassiter Wright Lassiter, Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District Wright Lassiter joined the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) as president of El Centro College in August 1986. He served as president of Bishop College, president of Schenectady County Community College, vice president for finance and administration at Morgan State University, and director of auxiliary enterprises/business manager at Tuskegee University. He also served as Commissioner for the United States Commission on Minority Business Development.

Mark Milliron Mark Milliron, Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Mark Milliron is helping to lead efforts to increase student success in the U.S. postsecondary education sector. He is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change. He works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, associations, and government agencies around the world. In addition, he serves on corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups.

Terry O’Banion Terry O’Banion, President Emeritus and Senior League Fellow of the League for Innovation in the Community College Terry O’Banion was president of the League for Innovation in the Community College for 23 years when he retired on December 31, 1999. Under his leadership, the League became an international organization serving over 650 colleges. He was named a Senior League Fellow and directs the international Learning College Project for the League. He has consulted in more than 600 community colleges in the United States and Canada. O’Banion has written 12 books and 126 articles about community colleges.

John Roueche John Roueche, Professor and Director, Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership, University of Texas at Austin Community College Leadership Program A nationally recognized authority in community college education, John Roueche has written 35 books and over 150 chapters and articles. He has spoken to more than 1,300 community colleges and universities since 1970. He has received numerous awards and honors over four decades of service. As the Sid W. Regents Chair in Community College Leadership, he is noted for being honored with the first endowed faculty position in the field of community college education.

Sandy Shugart Sandy Shugart, President of Valencia Community College Sandy Shugart blends two careers, one as a college president, another as a poet and singer/songwriter. He says they nourish each other, his “day job” giving him the material that is turned into ballads and folk-rock licks of life, work, growing, and growing old. He is currently president of one of the nation’s largest community colleges. He previously served as president of North Harris College and vice president for program services and chief academic officer for the North Carolina Community College System.

Thomas Snyder Thomas Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College Thomas Snyder serves as president of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system and the largest institution of higher education in Indiana. Appointed in 2007, he leads the strategic, academic, and operational processes of Indiana’s largest and fastest growing college serving more than 200,000 students annually at 23 campuses and 100 learning centers.

Linda Thor Linda Thor, Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District Before taking on her current position in February 2010, Linda Thor served as president of Rio Salado College for more than 19 years. Known as the college without walls, Rio Salado has grown to serve more than 60,000 students a year. Under her leadership, Rio Salado has become a national model for delivering quality online education. Thor has also served as president of West Los Angeles College and has taught as an adjunct faculty member in graduate education programs at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Northern Arizona University.

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