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April 20, 2017


Alisha Rosas
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
(909) 652-6115

For Immediate Release

Chaffey College Leader Selected As One of Only 40 Nationwide
for 2017-18 Aspen Presidential Fellowship

Highly-Selective Program Expanding Talent Pipeline Amid Looming Shortage of Community College Presidents and Critical Need to Improve Student Success

Meridith Randall

(Rancho Cucamonga) - Chaffey College Associate Superintendent of Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness Meridith Randall has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a highly selective leadership program aimed at developing a new cadre of outstanding leaders capable of transforming student success at community colleges across the country. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, announced that Randall will join the 2017-2018 class of Aspen Presidential Fellows.

“Meridith has brought a tremendous amount of experience to Chaffey College and this recognition is a reflection of that,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon. “She is a visionary leader who aims to put students first. We are all very proud of her being named an Aspen Presidential Fellow.”

Randall and the 39 other Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a year-long fellowship beginning in July 2017.  Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and top community college leaders, the program focuses on a new vision of leadership and aims to guide new and aspiring community college presidents to dramatically change student outcomes in four areas: learning, completion while in community college and of bachelor’s degrees after transfer, employment and earnings after graduation, and equitable access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students. 

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 365 presidents left their posts over the past year. This staggering rate of turnover is happening at the same time that increasing numbers of students-including growing numbers of minority, low-income, and first-generation to college students-are flocking to community colleges to earn degrees that lead to good jobs.

Randall was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access.

The 2017-2018 Aspen Presidential Fellows hail from 24 states and 38 community colleges of varying sizes. For more information, visit:

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, College Futures Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.
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