NCTC Division Chair Attends TCCTA Conference

Jane England | Aug 14, 2019

NCTC Social Science Division Chair/History, Humanities & Government Professor Crystal Wright recently attended the Texas Community College Teachers Association’s “Leading from the Middle Conference” at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. The annual three-day event is advertised as a "boot camp" specifically designed for Deans, Division Chairs, Assistant Chairs, IT Directors, Program Coordinators and other middle management officials.

“Leading from the Middle” brings together administrators from across the state and provides a forum where they can interact with colleagues, share best practices and attend presentations focused on the latest developments in higher education. This year’s program explored a variety of topics including Leadership Ethics, Dual Credit, Guided Pathways, Legal Issues in Higher Education, Accreditation, Legislative Trends, and Adobe and Blockchain Technological Innovations.

Professor Wright found the diversity of sessions stimulating, and enjoyed learning from colleagues and other experts in the field of leadership.

“The participants represented a wide-range of positions, from division chairs to vice chancellors to human resources staff,” said Professor Crystal Wright. The conference format allowed participants to network and discuss the changing role of higher education in the 21st century.”

NCTC’s participation in the “Leading from the Middle Conference” is part of the “Partners in Professionalism” initiative, a collaboration with TCCTA which has been on-going since 2015.   Through this Partnership NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace and Provost Dr. Andrew Fisher coordinate with TCCTA Director Richard Moore in promoting professional development opportunities and in creating an educational climate of innovation and commitment.