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Dr. Lisa Matye Edwards Selected for Aspen Presidential Fellowship

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Arapahoe Community College Vice President for Student Affairs Lisa Matye Edwards, Ph.D., has been selected to join the 2019-20 cohort of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access. Drawing on the exemplary work of excellent community colleges, the Aspen Institute engages a select group of fellows each year in this intensive, applied leadership executive program, delivered in collaboration with Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative. The year-long fellowship, presented by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, includes three in-person residential seminars, structured mentoring by experienced community college presidents, and the development of a strategic leadership vision through a capstone project. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship centers on three broad themes: leading for impact, leading transformational change, and partnering for collective action.

Dr. Matye Edwards’ prior experience includes positions at Lower Columbia College, the University of Denver and Grinnell College. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and her master’s degree (Education) from Western Washington University. Dr. Matye Edwards went on to complete her doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned the Dean's Citation for Excellence and the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Dissertation.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program focuses on building capacity for transformational change at the institutional level through leadership development and practice reform, as well as across the field through practice-focused research, convening, and knowledge dissemination.