Stanly Community College president picked for fellowship

Published 4:42 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced Tuesday that Dr. John Enamait, president of Stanly Community College, was selected for the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidents Fellowship.

John Enamait

This program, made possible with support from JPMorgan Chase, focuses on developing a sustainable and comprehensive reform agenda that advances excellence and equity in student outcomes at scale.

This class of fellows lead institutions across 14 states that collectively educate more than 280,000 students, from a rural college of 700 students to an urban one with enrollment over 24,000.

The incoming class of Presidents Fellows is 56% women and 44% people of color.

The fellows will, over 12 months, work with a faculty of leading community college presidents and senior staff from the Aspen Institute. They will learn about and compare their practices to those of field-leading colleges, analyze their students’ graduation and post-graduation outcomes and advance their priority reforms aimed at delivering excellent and equitable student outcomes.

“I’m delighted to join the first cohort of the Aspen Institute Presidents Fellowship, working with others across the country to develop insights that will help our faculty and staff help even more students succeed here at SCC,” said Enamait.

“Scaled improvements in student outcomes at our nation’s community colleges requires excellent leadership,” added 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 supporting them as they improve outcomes for their students.”

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.