Walla Walla Community College’s Kristi Wellington-Baker Selected As One of Only 40 Nationwide for 2017-18 Aspen Presidential Fellowship
Kristi Wellington-Baker, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Walla Walla Community College, has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a highly selective leadership program aimed at developing a new cadre of outstanding leaders capable of transforming student success at community colleges across the U.S. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, today announced that Wellington-Baker joins the 2017-2018 class of Aspen Presidential Fellows.
Walla Walla Community College President Dr. Derek Brandes said of the award, “This is a great opportunity not only for Kristi, but also for our college to learn from Kristi’s experience during the Aspen Presidential Fellowship. Kristi has been a champion of many student success initiatives at Walla Walla Community College. She has an outstanding ability to collaborate with others and I am proud that we are developing leaders like Kristi at WWCC who will be the next generation of Community College Leaders.”
Wellington-Baker and the 39 other Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a year-long fellowship in July 2017. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and top community college leaders, the program focuses on a new vision of leadership and aims to guide new and aspiring community college presidents to dramatically change student outcomes in four areas: learning, completion while in community college and of bachelor’s degrees after transfer, employment and earnings after graduation, and equitable access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students.
According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 365 presidents left their posts over the past year. This staggering rate of turnover is happening at the same time that increasing numbers of students—including growing numbers of minority, low-income, and first-generation to college students—are flocking to community colleges to earn degrees that lead to good jobs.
Kristi Wellington-Baker of Walla Walla Community College was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access.
The 2017-2018 Aspen Presidential Fellows hail from 24 states and 38 community colleges of varying sizes. For more information, visit: http://as.pn/1ky.
The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, College Futures Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.