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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – May 5, 2017 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that Dr. David Brand, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Services, has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. As one of 40 community college leaders chosen from across the country, Dr. Brand will embark on a year-long fellowship in July 2017. The highly selective leadership program aims at developing a new cadre of outstanding leaders capable of transforming student success at community colleges across the U.S.

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 for underrepresented minority and low-income students.

Dr. Brand was selected through a rigorous process that considered his abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, focus on results-oriented improvements for greater student success and access. Dr. Brand is a retired army officer with more than 18 years of experience in higher education. In his early studies, Dr. Brand was a student of Fayetteville Tech.

“These extraordinary fellows have demonstrated the drive to improve student outcomes and equity and the capacity to lead the college-wide reforms needed to ensure that all students succeed,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “There’s an urgent need to improve student outcomes to benefit not only students, but also families, communities, and our nation’s economy.”

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. For more information, visit:

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