Thomas Nelson Community College President is Convener of Nationwide Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs


Published: October 6, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – Thomas Nelson Community College President Dr. Charles A. Taylor has been appointed as Convener, Chair, of the 2006-08 Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs, a nationwide network of African-American leadership and academic expertise. As part of the celebration marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the Presidents’ Round Table organization of African-American CEOs in community colleges will hold their annual meeting in the Williamsburg – Hampton Roads area with Thomas Nelson Community College serving as the host institution in 2007. More than 100 African-American Community College presidents, chancellors and CEOs from across the nation comprise the Presidents’ Round Table.

Founded in January 1983, the Presidents’ Round Table brings together African-American community college CEOs for the purpose of ensuring their success as college leaders.

The group initially focused on advocacy for each other and mentorships to ensure the African-American legacy in campus leadership positions. Other priorities included successful matriculation of African-American students and employment opportunities for African-Americans in community colleges across the nation with special emphasis on grooming future presidents. “It is a great honor to have been selected as the Convener for the Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs,” said President Taylor. “It is extremely gratifying to know that we have a large number of African-American CEOs serving as leaders and role models for higher education in our community colleges. This Presidents’ Round Table will give us the opportunity to focus on enhancing our leadership skills by seeking advice and consulting with our peers. We will also bring to the table important issues affecting community colleges, develop solutions, and learn from each other to be better prepared for the challenges we face as leaders.”

In addition to its annual meeting in 2007, the Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs is sponsoring the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership to be held in Hampton, Va., October 15-20, 2007 to coincide with the Presidents’ Round Table annual meeting. This year the President’s Round Table and the Lakin Institute will be held in Portland, Oregon on October 15-21, 2006.  The Lakin Institute brings distinguished faculty from across the nation. This institute is designed as a leadership and mentoring program for aspiring African-Americans to the community college presidency. The Lakin Institute has the highest placement rate of African-American community college CEOs in the nation.
The Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs is an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.  Additionally, the Round Table is designed to provide African-American Community College CEOs an operational network including:
1.    Identifying and responding to issues affecting African-Americans in community colleges
2.    Providing mentoring opportunities for African-Americans; sharing professional resources
3.    Providing other national and international professional opportunities for African-American CEOs
4.    Supporting the goals and objectives of the National Council on Black-American Affairs
5.    Supporting the Thomas Lakin Leadership Institute, a Leadership and Mentoring Program for aspiring African-Americans to the Presidency.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Relations at Thomas Nelson Community College at 825-2725.

For Immediate Release             Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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