Dr. May Joins Mayor Pugh at Leadership Events for African Americans in Higher Education
Affirming the importance of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to affordable education, job readiness and developing the next generation of African-American leaders in higher education, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined BCCC President/CEO Dr. May during the Presidents’ RoundTable (PRT) Business Meeting Friday, Oct. 20 in Baltimore.
The PRT Inc. is a professional association of African-American CEOs and presidents of community colleges tasked with increasing the visibility of African-American leaders and students at community colleges and the successful matriculation of African-American students.
Dr. May introduced Mayor Pugh, who lauded the contributions of BCCC to Baltimore City students who aspire to job-ready careers and transfer to four-year colleges and universities after graduating from BCCC.
Both Dr. May and Mayor Pugh stressed the importance of BCCC to the economic vitality of Baltimore. The Mayor reminded the audience, composed of African-American community college presidents, senior staff and administrators, of the City’s pledge to provide free tuition to Baltimore City high school graduates to attend BCCC beginning with the class of 2018, a statement that drew hearty applause.
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, BCCC hosted workshops for the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), the PRT-sponsored Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, and the NCBAA-sponsored Dr. Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute (LDI) that prepares African Americans in community colleges for leadership roles to ensure a steady pipeline to executive opportunities.
Kadijat Richmond, a BCCC student transfer coordinator, took part in the LDI. BCCC Vice President for Administration and Finance Calvin Harris Jr., is a member of the 2017 Lakin Institute cohort. The Lakin Institute provides professional development for expanded leadership roles within community colleges.