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Westover awarded Aspen Presidential Fellowship

Patrick Henry Community College’s Vice President of Academic and Student Development, Kris Westover, has been awarded the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.  The Fellowship is a highly selective year-long program that aims to equip college leaders with the tools needed to enhance student success.

The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, announced this week the names of the 40 leaders from across the nation selected to attend the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows. The chosen fellows participate in a series of innovative seminars and ongoing mentorship focused on a new vision for leadership, delivered in collaboration with Stanford University faculty and top community college leaders.

“I'm thrilled and honored to be selected for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship,” says Westover. “I'm extremely grateful to Dr. Godwin and the Virginia Community College System for their support and encouragement in this endeavor. The fellowship allows me to network with other fellows while learning to lead transformational change so that significantly more community college students earn valuable credentials and go on to well-paying jobs.”

 Westover was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access.

“This award is a distinguished honor for Dr. Westover and for PHCC,” says PHCC President Angeline Godwin, “She has certainly earned this honor through her diligent and daily work to foster student success on this campus. She is a wonderful representative of the commitment to excellence and student success that define PHCC.”

The 2016-2017 Aspen Presidential Fellows hail from 17 states and 30 community colleges of varying sizes and begin their program in July 2016 at Stanford University with anticipated completion in spring 2017.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.