2 Clark State faculty selected to represent in leadership academy cohort

Two Clark State Community College faculty members have been selected to represent the college in the 2021-22 Leadership Academy for Student Success cohort, according to a release.

Dr. J. Nickey Brown, assistance professor of Manufacturing Technology Management, and Dr. Danielle Roach, assistant professor and English coordinator, were selected for the Academy by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC).

“Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Roach have admirably demonstrated their laser focus on student success,” said President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin. “As outstanding faculty members, they excel in ensuring that their students have the knowledge and skills to be successful in subsequent coursework or in their careers. I look forward to their participation and the strategies that they bring back to campus to improve the student experience.”

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Brown, an eight-year veteran advisor for the college and now a faculty member, has both academic and pragmatic interest in student success.

“I was thrilled to be nominated for the OACC Leadership Academy for Student Success,” she said. “I am fascinated by change. In fact, I often intentionally try to provoke change. With that in mind, by attending the OACC Leadership Academy, I hope to learn how to inspire lasting change that will advance the programs within my academic school at Clark State.”

Roach, who has been teaching at the college since 2017 and has taught English at the college level for 16 years, holds a Ph.D in English from Old Dominion University and an MA and BA in English from Wright State University.

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“It is an honor to have been nominated and selected to be a part of the second cohort of the OACC Leadership Academy,” she said. “This year’s curriculum really complements the work we’re doing here at Clark State. Again, this year, the program will focus on the Pathways Project and on the impact that initiative will have on student success across Ohio.”

The OACC established the academy in 2019 to encourage administrators and faculty to develop leadership skills and promote student success, the release stated. The cohort meet six times a year to participate in sessions to help them strengthen their college’s ability to accomplish its mission of sustaining pathways to student success.

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