Achieving the Dream Names Cindy A. Lenhart Vice President for Community College Relations

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Lauren Lewis, (917) 613-6419, llewis@achievingthedream.org

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Silver Spring, MD (September 10, 2014) – Achieving the Dream today announced the appointment of Cindy A. Lenhart as the national nonprofit’s Vice President for Community College Relations. Her extensive community college experience will enhance Achieving the Dream’s leadership and intensive support of its national community college reform network. 

As Vice President for Community College Relations, Lenhart will lead Achieving the Dream’s efforts to work in concert with faculty and administrative leaders at selected colleges in 34 states and the District of Columbia, to adopt innovative, evidence-based practices that improve teaching and learning and accelerate student success outcomes.

“We are delighted to welcome Cindy to the leadership team at Achieving the Dream,” said President and CEO William Trueheart. “Cindy’s experience in community colleges as a faculty member and academic leader strengthens our ability to work with our colleges to design and implement sustainable transformation throughout our Network.”

“I am eager to join Achieving the Dream. Making change happen requires committed individuals willing to work collaboratively towards a shared vision of student success,” Lenhart stated. “Having worked in community colleges for more than 20 years, I understand the need for change, the need to assess systems and processes that inform change, and the need to courageously address the challenges that change brings.”

Prior to joining Achieving the Dream, Lenhart served as Associate Vice President for Instruction at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas, where she was responsible for establishing and chairing a College Coordinating Council, providing the first opportunity in college history for faculty and staff to sit together in direct consultation with one another—and in direct counsel to the president—to help frame the future direction of the college. Lenhart also set institutional performance objectives and a completion agenda modeled on Achieving the Dream principles and best practices.

Previously, Lenhart was a faculty member, department chair, and an Achieving the Dream Core Team leader at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.  There she taught developmental education courses in reading, composition, and mathematics. Lenhart was the Faculty Lead for the coordination and management of the Student Learning Outcomes system for all Career and Technical Education as well as General Education programs and degrees.  She also coordinated the New-Student Orientation for first-time students and a Faculty Orientation for first time faculty.

“Cindy’s unique experience of leading colleagues in Achieving the Dream work at the collegiate level will provide very valuable perspectives as she assumes her pivotal new national leadership responsibilities,” said President Trueheart.  “She understands well the challenges colleges must overcome to improve and accelerate student success and completion. Cindy’s rich experience will help Achieving the Dream continue to improve and deepen all aspects of the guidance and support we provide network colleges.”

Lenhart is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University, where she earned a Masters of Science in Education with a primary field of study in Instructional Effectiveness for Reading and Writing Programs, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in English & Language Arts and a minor in Basic Mathematics, summa cum laude.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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