ICC's Cole gets regional award

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

FULTON – Itawamba Community College President David Cole was selected for a prestigious regional award.
Cole, who has been leading the school since 1993, was chosen for the American Association of Community College Trustees’ Southern Region CEO of 2012 award. He will represent 14 states in the region.
Cole will receive the recognition at the ACCT Leadership Congress in Boston on Oct. 11. He also will be the sole nominee from the Southern Region for the national Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer award that will be presented at the Annual Awards Gala on Oct. 12.
“It is the work of all of the people of Itawamba Community College who put me in a position to even be considered for this,” Cole said. “I’m just riding the crest of the wave.”
In his application, Cole was cited for serving as chairman of the Mississippi Community College Presidents’ Association during passage of mid-level funding and Workforce Education initiatives. ICC was recently selected by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation, and the college’s recent “Graduation … It Matters!” initiative led to a 54 percent increase in its graduation rate.
“Dr. Cole exhibits all of the characteristics and meets all of the criteria for the award,” Dan Lee Bishop, Chairman of ICC’s Board of Trustees, said in Cole’s application. “He is a visionary servant leader who blends students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees into the Itawamba Community College family.”
Selection criteria include the initiation of innovative programs, the impact of service on technical or special committees on postsecondary education, demonstration of a caring attitude, active membership in postsecondary education associations, publications focusing on postsecondary educational concepts, leadership recognition and additional outstanding characteristics.

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