Williams selected for Aspen Institute’s New Presidents Fellowship

Published 5:06 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

AHOSKIE – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (Aspen) announced recently that Dr. Murray J. Williams, president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College, is one of 26 leaders selected for the 2022-23 class of its New Presidents Fellowship.

Dr. Murray J. Williams

This program, made possible with support from JPMorgan Chase, supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they work to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.

This class represents the diversity of the nation’s community colleges, collectively serving over 250,000 students at colleges across the USA in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

The incoming class of New Presidents Fellows is 46 percent female and 65 percent are people of color. Located in 19 states, their institutions too are diverse, from a tribal college with fewer than 300 students to an urban college that educates more than 35,000 each year.

The fellows, selected through a competitive process, will work closely with other transformational community college presidents and Aspen leaders over nine months to learn from field-leading research, analyze their colleges’ student outcomes, and clarify their visions for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate.

“The quality of our nation’s community colleges depends on the quality of our college presidents,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “I am continually inspired and motivated by the dedication and expertise that our fellows bring to the work of advancing excellence and equity on their campuses, and I look forward to seeing the changes they make in real time to improve outcomes for their students.”

“I am honored to be selected for the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship for 2022-23,” states Dr. Williams. “The Fellowship is an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and tools needed to continue to inspire change and advance the mission of Roanoke-Chowan Community College. I look forward to participating in this important endeavor.”

JPMorgan Chase’s philanthropic support for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship is part of the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative to prepare young people for the future of work and meet the growing demand for skilled workers, and the $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity and drive an inclusive economy.