Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders

  • Kurt Ewen, Houston Community College

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Kurt Ewen, Houston Community College, speaker on the "Brave New Workforce: Generational and Cultural Competencies for Higher Education Institutions" panel.

  • Carli Schiffner, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Carli Schiffner, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

  • Demi Michelau, WICHE and Clark Harris, Laramie County Community College

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Demi Michelau, WICHE and Clark Harris, Laramie County Community College enjoying the Wednesday evening recption.

  • Speaker Sachi Horback, Clark College

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Sachi Horback, Clark College, speaking about shaping the future of work and how it relates to improving student success.

  • G Brown Quintet

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - G Brown Quintet performing for attendees at the Wednesday evening reception.

  • Dilcie Perez, Cerritos Community College and Eric Leshinskie, Paradise Valley Community College

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Dilcie Perez, Cerritos Community College and Eric Leshinskie, Paradise Valley Community College enjoying the Wednesday evening reception.

  • Alliance Networking Dinner Group

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Alliance networking dinner group enjoying a night on the town in Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Tanya Garcia, Georgetown University Center on Education and Pat Shea, WICHE

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Tanya Garcia, Georgetown University Center on Education and Pat Shea, WICHE

  • Alliance Annual Meeting participants in roundtable discussions

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Alliance Annual Meeting participants in roundtable discussions

  • Beth Bean, Lumina Foundation, speaking at Alliance Annual Meeting

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - Beth Bean, Lumina Foundation, speaking at the Alliance Annual Meeting

  • Bernice Joseph Award Finalists

    2019 Alliance Annual Meeting - 2019 Bernice Joseph Award Finalists pose with committee members. Doug Murray, Alliance Vice Chair, Scott Fossum, Mitchell Technical Institute, Kaylyn Bondy, Williston State College, Donna Hanks, Western Dakota Tech, Tim Rogers, Chemeketa Community College

Message from the Chair

As the newly elected chair of the Alliance, I would like to thank current members for your continued commitment and support of our mission. I look forward to serving with you and for you during what will become the 10th anniversary of our founding in 2010. For those of you who are not members, thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope you find, as you review it, reasons to consider joining us. To be sure, there are many benefits to you and your institution including our highly popular Annual Meeting and the Academic Leaders Toolkit. But, beyond them, and more importantly, I would like to add a brief word about why we would be honored if you would consider becoming a colleague with us in that mission.

Two-year institutions of higher education that include community colleges, junior colleges, and technical institutes are a critical part of the American post-secondary education system. Just one indicator is a recent research study by the Jack Kent Foundation that, “Community College transfers outperform high schoolers at top colleges.” I need not remind you that this nation today is challenged as never before, and as Thomas Friedman and others point out, the response to that challenge can only be based on education. Recognizing that challenge and the need to respond to it is best articulated in the Alliance’s Mission. From that Mission Statement, “Our membership is drawn together by a sense of urgency and concern as the two-year institutions in the WICHE region face a rapidly shifting terrain of uncertainty and promise. Faced with daunting fiscal challenges, academic and financial models that undermine student and institutional success and a national call to respond academically to a nation and a people in crisis, the Alliance is committed to re-imaging the work we in the two-year institutions do and reinventing how we do it.”

I, therefore, ask you to consider this an invitation to join so you can take advantage of the many Alliance benefits detailed throughout the website and I welcome hearing from you.


Douglas Murray, Alliance Chair
Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Academics
New Mexico Military Institute

Annual Meeting Alliance CoverSAVE THE DATE: 2020 Alliance Annual Meeting

March 25-27, 2020, Hotel Albuquerque Old Town, Albuquerque, NM