Tidewater Community College’s Corey McCray was selected by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as one of 40 leaders who will participate in the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship.
McCray, who serves as interim executive vice president and vice president for Workforce Solutions, will take part in this prestigious leadership program that prepares the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.
McCray, a 24-year veteran educator, functions as chief academic officer, chief student affairs officer and chief Workforce Solutions officer. He took a leading role in establishing TCC’s Skilled Trades Academy, which provides short-term workforce training for in-demand construction and maritime trades.
“I’m honored to have been selected as an Aspen Rising President Fellow,” McCray said. “I look forward to this experience and future opportunities to impact institutions that have a focus on student success. I am also looking forward to meeting members of my cohort and together exploring new and innovative ways of leading institutions of higher education.”
The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2020. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers. They will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers and other partners.
The 2020-21 fellows are leaders at colleges that collectively serve more than 500,000 students.