Why should college leaders challenge their thinking at Wheelhouse?
- Success for all students requires strategic reallocation of resources and optimal use of personnel, financial, technological and physical assets.
- The pipeline of future community college leaders is constricted and the turnover rate of current college CEOs is rising, leaving an essential education and economic system in jeopardy.
- Average CEO tenure is far too brief to ensure leaders can support lasting institutional change and improved effectiveness.
We met with Omid Pourzanjani, Vice President of Instruction, Golden West College, Edward Bush, President, Cosumnes River College, Kathleen Rose, Superintendent/President, Gavilan College, Rowena Tomaneng, President, Berkeley City College, and Linda Rose, President, Santa Ana College about the ways that they’ve benefited from their experiences as Wheelhouse Fellows.
During Session 3 of the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership, the Fellows engaged California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley in a conversation about the important and ambitious goals attached to his strategic vision for the colleges. This session took place in an informal setting conducive to candid sharing of ideas, challenges and aspirations. We’re grateful to the Chancellor Oakley for joining us at UC Davis.
On Feb. 3, 2017, Dr. Matt Miller guided the first class of the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership through its first case studies. He is a lecturer on education and associate dean for learning and teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education specializing in higher education. The fellows also participated in a research discussion with Michael Kurlaender, Department Chair, Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor at the UC Davis School of Education, as well as Lead Research for Wheelhouse.
The inaugural class of Wheelhouse Fellows got together with others from the Wheelhouse program on Feb. 2, 2017 for a reception and dinner. Our yearlong professional and personal development Institute on Leadership is designed for current and aspiring CEOs and senior executives of California community colleges.