Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Dr. Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District since March 2009, has brought her commitment to student learning, focus on organizational quality and innovation, and inclusive management style to this progressive district of East San Diego County, California. Working with the district’s talented employees and an engaged governing board, Chancellor Miles balances service to students and community with the major budget challenges facing California’s community colleges. Extensive use of data, technology, and creative partnerships coupled with a robust vision for the future have this district moving constantly forward.
Active in local, state and national organizations, Miles serves on the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges, Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, American Council on Education’s Commission on Effective Leadership, East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), as well as a member of a number of foundations, associations, and chambers of commerce. She is past president of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association and the ECEDC’s Partnership for Education and Economic Development.
Miles came to the district from Miami Dade College, Florida, where she served as founding president of the Hialeah Campus. She served previously as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College and as a faculty member, researcher, grants developer, program director, and senior administrator at community colleges in Texas and Colorado. Prior to work in higher education she served more than a decade in the allied health field as a medical technologist.
Miles received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was recognized as Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program in 2001; M.S. in secondary and higher education from Texas A & M University-Commerce; and B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a national speaker, consultant, and writer on topics of student learning, diversity, and organizational quality, spirit, and innovation.
Dr. Richard Haney, Past Chair
Provost, College of Lake County
Dr. Rich Haney serves as Provost at the College of Lake County located in Grayslake, Illinois. Dr. Haney is the Chief Academic Officer and provides leadership for Student Development and all Academic Programming at the College including adult education and workforce development. He joined the College of Lake County in 1999 as the Dean of Business and Industry Services following leadership positions at Parkland College and Southwestern Illinois College. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Haney has an extensive background in developing and implementing training and education partnerships between employers, educational institutions, business associations, international partners, and community/economic development groups. Dr. Haney serves as the Chair of the Board for Global Corporate College, an organization consisting of over 40 community colleges engaged in providing national and international customized training solutions for global companies. Global Corporate College has provided training programs in all 50 states and 11 countries. He received both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
President, Macomb Community College
James Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University. Jacobs earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has more than 40 years experience at Macomb. He has taught social science, political science and economics. He specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development, and is widely published in these areas of expertise. In addition, Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at the national, state and local levels. He is a past president of the National Council for Workforce Education, a national post-secondary organization of occupational education and workforce development specialists, and a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education. He is also a member of the Community College Advisory Panel to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton New Jersey. Jacobs is currently serving on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which advises Michigan’s governor on job creation, and talent development and retention. He is widely known for the Macomb County Economic Forecast, presented annually for more than 30 years for the coalition of county’s chambers of commerce. Jacobs serves on a number of local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Teri T. Brahams, Treasurer/Secretary
Executive Director, Business and Community Services, Pellissippi State Community College
Teri Brahams is the Executive Director, Business and Community Services for Pellissippi State Community College. Ms. Brahams has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Maryville College and a MBA from the University of Tennessee. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for Areawide Development Corporation. Ms. Brahams also is actively involved in the East Tennessee Industrial Council and Tennessee Educational Technology Advisory Committee for HIT. In 2000, she was recognized by the National Association of Small Business Development Centers as a “STATE STAR”.
Dr. Faith Harland-White
Dean, Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Anne Arundel Community College
Dr. Faith A. Harland-White is currently the Dean for the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) at Anne Arundel Community College located in Arnold, Maryland. She joined the college in 1984 in the Student Services area as a Financial Aid Officer and in 1987 moved into the Division of Learning. She also serves as President of the Maryland Community College Association for Continuing Education and Training (MCCACET).
Dr. Harland-White provides leadership and vision to Wadhwani Foundation initiatives, Center for Cyber and Professional Training Center (CCPT), Casino Dealer School, and the Corporate Training Group (CTG). Dr. Harland-White is also working to develop and expand the college’s approach to international education. The new mission includes not only providing students with opportunities to study abroad but to also globalize curriculum, expand professional development opportunities for faculty and staff and actively recruit foreign students and businesses to Anne Arundel Community College.
Harland-White holds a Ph.D., from American University..
Dean, Customized Training/CE Division, Dakota County Technical College
Pat McQuillian is the dean of the Center for Professional and Workforce Development at Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College. He previously served as the CT director of trade and industry, a position he held for more than a decade. Before joining the CT staff at DCTC and IHCC, he worked for nearly 30 years in the private sector. His career includes extensive national and international experience in sales, marketing and operations for Fortune 500 companies.
During his time at DCTC, Pat established a number of credit-based academic programs at DCTC. He also managed 38 successful training grants involving manufacturers, engineering firms, medical companies and more.
Vice President, Workforce Development League For Innovation In The Community College
Andrew L. Meyer has been serving as vice president for workforce development at the League for Innovation in the Community College since July 2012. From July 2012 to July 2016, he also served as the executive director of the Global Corporate College. Meyer served in senior administrative capacities at Anne Arundel Community College from 1989 to 2012. From 2000 to 2012, he was vice president for learning. In his latter role, he was a member of the president’s executive team, an officer of the college and the chief academic officer as well as the chief continuing education officer.
Meyer served from 2004 to 2012 as the institutional representative to the League for Innovation in the Community College. He is a past president of the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET). In 2001 he received NCCET’s National Leadership Award; in 1999 he received the council’s National Leadership Award for Exemplary Service.
Meyer holds the Doctor of Education degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
President & CEO, Corporate College, Cuyahoga Community College
Robert (Bob) Peterson, President & CEO Corporate College at Cuyahoga Community College, has over twenty four years of executive experience with some of the largest organizations in Northeast Ohio. Prior to his tenure at Cuyahoga Community College, Bob worked in Cleveland, Ohio at Park Corporation where he oversaw the operations of the I-X Center, the 8th largest convention center in the United States. While at Park Corporation, he led many commercial ventures including a $2 billion company acquisition and two commercial aviation companies.
Bob holds a B.S. in Business Administration from John Carroll University, a J.D. from March College of Law and is also a Certified Public Accountant.