WAVELAND, Miss. — Pearl River Community College (PRCC) Assistant Vice President Raymunda Barnes, Ed.D. has successfully completed the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) John E. Roueche Future Presidents Institute in Washington, D.C. Her attendance has provided an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country on topics related to institutional leadership, student success, advocacy, governance, and legislation, while honing their leadership skills and engaging in dialogue with experienced community college leaders.
“Completing the AACC Future Presidents Institute has given me the opportunity to gain insight into highly skilled Presidents and Chancellors in areas such as fundraising, relationship cultivation, institutional leadership, infrastructure and institutional politics, to name a few,” Dr. Barnes said. . “The time spent in Washington and the lessons learned will be used to contribute to the success of this institution. I am truly grateful to Dr. Adam Breerwood for allowing me to attend an institute of this magnitude.
The faculty of the institute is selected from the field of community college leadership to include highly qualified presidents, chancellors, and revolutionary leaders. Institute faculty draw on their community college leadership expertise and hands-on, hands-on skills to articulate new paradigms while securing the foundations that shape the practice of community college leadership.
“Given the current challenges and opportunities for community colleges, there is a need for strong education leaders. Dr. Barnes embodies this potential. He has a huge heart for student success and supports the mission of PRCC through a student-centered approach,” said PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood. “Through this program, the AACC is preparing future presidents of community colleges and universities.”
Currently, Dr. Raymunda Barnes is the PRCC Assistant Vice President for the Hancock Campus and has overseen the expansion of Unmanned Aerial Systems and Practical Nursing Programs at the Hancock Campus. In the fall of 2023, construction of the hangar will be complete and will house a new aircraft maintenance program.
“Dr. Barnes exemplifies the model of excellence in service and leadership,” said Dr. Jennifer Seal, Vice President of the Hancock Campus. Hancock County community by serving as chair of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, a member of the Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis, and a member of both the Ochsner Board of Health and Coast Electric Advisory Board.
The AACC provides a variety of resources to member community colleges. The organization serves as a national information resource, leverages funding opportunities for innovative programs, provides professional development and networking initiatives, and fosters a shared commitment to the community college movement. The AACC is governed by a 32-member Board of Directors, which acts on behalf of Institutional Members in its national advocacy role.
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