Achieving the Dream Names New Board Chair and Honors Founding Chair

NASHVILLE, TN (February 23, 2018) - Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream (ATD), announced the appointment of Dr. Pam Eddinger, president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), as chair of the organization’s board of directors. ATD is a national organization that is leading the largest reform effort in the country in student success, working with more than 220 colleges across the country. Dr. Eddinger began her role on February 19, 2018.

“President Eddinger is a true champion of student success whose knowledge and experience in the issues facing higher education have been recognized nationally,” said Dr. Stout. “She will help us advance our thinking about the next generation of supports that colleges will need to continue as they strive to improve student success on their campuses. We are fortunate to have her lead our Board of Directors as they take on their important work for Achieving the Dream,” said Dr. Stout.

Dr. Eddinger has served community colleges in a number of leadership positions since 1993 in the areas of academic affairs, institutional advancement, student services, and marketing relations. She was appointed president of BHCC in 2013. Bunker Hill is the largest community college in Massachusetts, serving 19,000 learners annually, 64 percent of whom are people of color and more than 50 percent are women. BHCC was a co-winner of Achieving the Dream’s highest honor, the Leah Meyer Austin Award, in 2014, recognized for its excellent work around student success.

President Eddinger serves on a number of local and national boards, including a recent appointment by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Massachusetts State Workforce Development Board. In 2016, she was honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change" for her work expanding college education to underrepresented groups.

“Achieving the Dream is an incredibly exciting organization; it is at the center of the best conversation in the community college world. I want to help shape the conversation about learning,” said Dr. Eddinger.  “Everything that Dr. Stout and Achieving the Dream is doing now is about data, leadership, and integrative support. Those things coming together will move ATD into implementing a new strategic vision. As Chair, I’m there to support Dr. Stout and her team, and the implementation magic that will transform the field.”

Dr. Eddinger succeeds Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr., who served as Board Chair for eight years.

“Bob embodied the spirit of Achieving the Dream from its outset,” said Dr. Stout. “He was the perfect first Board Chair—an accomplished college president who provided visionary leadership for ATD for more than a decade. He is a talented “connector” who facilitated several critical partnerships with stakeholder groups and organizations that are still valuable to us today. He is deeply committed to equity and cares about all students, which is evident in his focus as Board Chair to help move us to the next level of work that we are doing today.” Dr. Stout continued, “Speaking for the entire Board of Directors, I thank him for his devotion to Achieving the Dream and for his leadership and support.”

Dr. Templin served as president of Northern Virginia Community College from 2002 to 2015, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse community colleges. He has been a tireless and dedicated advocate for all students and for community colleges, deeply committed to equity and access. During that time, he also shared his experience to lead the Achieving the Dream board of directors as its first chair since 2011, leading the development of a new non-profit organization focused on building the capacity of community colleges to help more students gain credentials and degrees that transform their lives. Dr. Templin is currently a Senior Fellow in the College Excellence Program at The Aspen Institute, focusing on the preparation of the next generation of community college leaders.

“One of the contributions I am proud to have been part of as Board Chair is to help Achieving the Dream help institutions improve completion and graduation rates. It is quite rewarding to see colleges now moving students from the front door of their institution all the way through to good paying jobs,” said Dr. Templin. “I’m proud we have retained a laser-like focus on access and equity.”

To acknowledge Dr. Templin’s contributions to the field and his 11 years of service and leadership as chair, the Achieving the Dream Board of Directors passed a resolution that conveys upon him the designation Board of Director Emeritus, effective with the end of his service on the ATD Board in June 2019.

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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