LCC dean joins 20 faculty and staff in national inaugural cohort of leadership development program
EUGENE, Ore.—Nikki Gavin, interim division dean of math and engineering at Lane Community College, has been named a national fellow in the inaugural cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities. The program, part of the Aspire Alliance Institutional Change Initiative, helps address the national need to broaden diversity and increase inclusion in STEM fields and higher education leadership and supports fellows in their development of an institutional action project in collaboration with national partners.
Lane Community College President Margaret Hamilton said, “Nikki has tremendous talent and is thoroughly dedicated to student learning and success. I am delighted she was accepted into the IAspire academy. This will not only help Nikki advance her skills, it will help Lane improve STEM programming for all of our students.”
“As part of the inaugural cohort of IAspire Leadership Academy fellows, Nikki has distinguished herself as a leader in STEM and we’re thrilled to have her as a participant,” said Howard Gobstein, co-director of the Aspire Alliance and executive vice president at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). “Diversity starts with faculty and university leadership and this academy will help cultivate inclusion and diversity in the next-generation of university faculty and leaders.”
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