Chief Academic Officer of the Year Awards
Chief Academic Officer Award
Emerging Chief Academic Officer Award
2017 Emerging Chief Academic Officer Winners
VP for Academic Services
Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad, CO
Lynette Bates is the vice president for academic affairs at Trinidad State Junior College. She first came to Trinidad State Junior College as an assistant coordinator of a tech prep grant in 2002. Over the years Ms. Bates has provided leadership in multiple roles, beginning in 2003 as the Career and Technical Education advisor, in 2011 the Associate Dean and 2012 the Dean for Career and Technical Education, and in 2015 assumed the VP for Academic Affairs position.
Ms. Bates earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She earned a master’s degree in Education at Colorado State University.
Dr. Pamela Lau
VP for Academic Services
Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Pamela Lau is the vice president for academic services at Parkland College. She first came to Parkland College as a faculty member in developmental reading in 1995. Over the years at Parkland, she has assumed leadership roles to enhance the college’s efforts to improve student success. Her past positions include being the founding director of the Center for Academic Success, an award-winning one-stop learning center for all students. She played a key role in helping the college receive a Title III grant for the Pathways to Accelerate Student Success project. Prior to assuming her current position as vice president, she served as the dean of academic services.
Dr. Lau completed her bachelor’s degree in philosophy (first class honors) at the University of Singapore. She earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Chicago. Through the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian University, she is credentialed as a developmental education specialist. She graduated from Ferris State University with a doctorate in community college leadership and received the Scholar Practitioner Award.
Nominations are sought for the NCIA Chief Academic Officer of the Year Award (for those serving as CAOs for three or more years) and the NCIA Emerging Chief Academic Officer Award (for those serving as CAOs for less than three years). These awards are open to all NCIA members.
To nominate a CAO for either award, please follow this process:
- Address a letter to the NCIA Awards Committee responding to the 4 (for Emerging CAO) or 5 (for CAO of the Year) AACC Competencies as described below.
- The letter should be signed by three individuals familiar with the candidate’s work. Please designate the primary nominator for follow-up and other communication purposes. One of the three signatories must be the CAO’s President/Chancellor/CEO. Include professional contact information for all three individuals.
- In addition to the formal letter, include a one-page sheet with the candidate’s full contact information. On this additional sheet, the month and year of when the candidate began their CAO job must be included.
Note the NCIA awards are for cumulative service; if the candidate was a CAO at another institution prior to their current institution, the date of the first CAO assignment is the one that must be noted.
CAOs who began service since June 1, 2014, are eligible for the 2017 NCIA Emerging Chief Academic Officer Award.
CAOs who began service prior to June 1, 2014, are eligible for the 2017 NCIA Chief Academic Officer of the Year Award.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2, 2017.
The award winners will be notified after July 1, 2017.
The NCIA Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations using the AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders. A summary of each core competency is given below (click to expland) and the full document may be downloaded from the aacc website.
An effective community college leader promotes the success of all students, strategically improves the quality of the institution, and sustains the community college mission on knowledge of the organization, its environment, and future trends.
The nominator should describe in good detail (approximately 150 words) one excellent example of a project/initiative the candidate led that enhanced the organizational strategy (as defined above) of their community college.
An effective community college leader equitably and ethically sustains people, processes, and information as well as physical and financial assets to fulfill the mission, vision, and goals of the community college.
The nominator should describe in good detail (approximately 150 words) a representative way that the candidate has sustained the work of people, improved a process, enhanced the quality of information, or improved the physical or financial assets of their community college.
An effective community college leader uses clear listening, speaking, and writing skills to engage in honest, open dialogue at all levels of the college and its surrounding community; promotes the success of all students; ensures the safety and security of students and the surrounding college community; and sustains the community college mission.
The nominator should describe in good detail (approximately 150 words) the quality of the candidate’s communication skills. Multiple examples inspired by the category description (as defined above) are welcome.
An effective community college leader develops and maintains responsive, cooperative, mutually beneficial, and ethical internal and external relationships that nurture diversity, promotes the success of all students, and sustains the community college mission.
The nominator should describe in good detail (approximately 150 words) one excellent example of a collaboration the candidate developed that nurtured diversity, promoted success of students, or sustained the community college mission.
An effective community college leader understands, commits to, and advocates for the mission, vision, and goals of the community college on the local, state, and national level.
The nominator should describe in good detail (approximately 150 words) one excellent example of the way the candidate demonstrates community college advocacy (as defined above).
* A response to this category is only required for the NCIA Chief Academic Officer of the Year Award.