The Crowder College Board of Trustees has announced the four presidential finalists. Information will be announced in the following days regarding public forums. The list of finalists and a short bio are as follows in alphabetical order:
Dr. Armstrong received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in Physiological/ Neuropsychology with an emphasis on learning and memory and a minor focus on cognitive child development. She has postdoctoral training in Electrophysiology from Northwestern Medical School and Developmental Neuroscience from the Beckman Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She served as research faculty and adjunct faculty where she taught graduate, medical, undergraduate and community college students. Her work experiences span research, instruction, clinical and administrative strata. Dr. Armstrong is also one of only 50 nationally certified Student Success/ Guided Pathways Coach in the country where she assists colleges nationwide through the transformational change process. She is also a trained Peer Holistic Student Support Coach. Both coaching opportunities were the result of being appointed by the Arkansas Community College Student Success Center and Achieving the Dream.
In addition to her research publications on learning and memory, Dr. Armstrong co-authored a report for the National Science Foundation on “Diversity in the Work Place”. She prepared and presented a report for the American Psychological Association, National Science Foundation and U.S. Congress on “Mental Health Services in Rural Minority Populations” and she authored an article for the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce on diversity. In 2011, she published “Access and Success for First-Year Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math”. She serves as a consultant for Education, Community Organizations, Business, and Industry. She currently provides her expertise to organization on strategic planning, transformational change, process mapping, communication audits and diversity, inclusion and equity issue with the goal to mitigate barriers to access and success for all students.
Her community involvements are many. She currently serves on two United Way Boards, the Heartland of Arkansas and Hot Spring County Boards. She also serves on the Healthy Connection Board and is a member of the Malvern Kiwanis Club and the Mo-Ark E-Commerce Kiwanis Club. She previously served as Co-Campaign Chair for the United Way of the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities where she led efforts to raise $8.4M. In addition, Dr. Armstrong also served on Rock Island/Milan (Illinois) District #41 School Board.
Her life’s passions are her faith, education, diversity, children, gender, equity, health and science related issues. She is fortunate to be able to submerge herself in her passions daily, both personally and professionally. Dr. Armstrong has been recognized for her commitment to excellence. In 2019, she represented the state of Arkansas as a Trademark Woman of Distinction. In 2009, Dr. Armstrong was awarded the International Athena Business Women’ s Award in recognition of her commitment to excellence in education, women’s issues and community service. Also, in 2009, International Phi Theta Kappa awarded her the Administrator of Distinction Award. She is also a recognized and honored member of The Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. In addition, in 2011, Cambridge Who’s Who named her Professional of the Year Representing Education Administration.
Currently, Dr. Armstrong serves as Vice Chancellor for Student, Equity and Community Affairs at Arkansas State University Three Rivers.
The son of high school educators, David Hinds grew up in West Texas and the Hill Country. As a young man, when he wasn’t working or in school, he could be found playing sports, on the river, or gathering with his friends. He met his wife, Kim, in College and they have two adult daughters, Kari and Ellen.
David’s professional career began as a computer science teacher at San Marcos High School. He then moved to the public sector working at Electronic Data Systems in Plano. In 1990, he began working at Brazosport College where he served as faculty member and Division Chair for over twenty years. David served as Intern to the Chancellor at San Jacinto College during his doctoral program, after which he accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Instructional Affairs at Allegany College of Maryland, in Cumberland. He then returned to Texas to serve as President of Victoria College from 2015 to 2020 and now works as a consultant to the Texas Association of Community College.
As a leader and as a product, himself, of community colleges, David is most passionate about finding better ways to serve students, creating a positive workplace, spurring economic development, and promoting community colleges whenever given the opportunity, whether within the local community or with legislators. He has served on multiple local and state level boards and sees this activity as crucial in building the relationships required to keep the college relevant for its students and communities.
Working full time through each of his degrees, David earned his doctorate from the University of Texas in Higher Education Administration focusing on Community College Leadership; an MBA from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State.
David and Kim both enjoy going to the beach, camping, traveling, watching movies, and entertaining at home. Kim taught for several years at Brazoswood High School, has a nutrition background, and enjoys photography. David enjoys playing golf and takes any opportunity to repair or build something. He is ready to take on what he believes will be the most fulfilling work of his career.
Dr. Katricia G. Pierson, a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation, was selected as East Central University’s ninth President on February 19, 2017, taking over that office’s duties on March 1, 2017. She is the first woman to serve as President in ECU’s 112-year history.
Before being named President, Dr. Pierson served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at ECU. Additionally, she taught English Literature and Composition for more than 15 years and maintains the rank of professor of English and Languages in ECU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Dr. Pierson is a trustee for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), previously serving for nine years as a peer reviewer. The HLC, based in Chicago, accredits nearly a thousand colleges and universities. She is also actively involved with federal, state and local agencies. She is chair for the Ada Jobs Foundation Board of Directors and is a board member for the Ada Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Pierson has been recognized for her work, being named one of “50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma” for 2018 by the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year program. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class 32, a program for individuals committed to service to shape Oklahoma’s future. Dr. Pierson is also a member of Rotary International and seeks to live the mission of service, integrity, goodwill and peace.
Prior to her arrival at ECU, Dr. Pierson was an associate dean of assessment, a division chair for Sciences and Humanities, and a university honors program director at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, where she also held a faculty position.
Dr. Pierson earned both her master’s degree (1998) and doctorate (2004) in English from the University of Arkansas, after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming (1988).
Since becoming President of ECU, Dr. Pierson has overseen groundbreaking on a new residence hall, as well as numerous new grants and academic programs. She established a retention office, which grew into a student success center; automated end-of-course surveys with 100 percent online completion; moved a paper-based enrollment process to an online process; and most recently, implemented a new enterprise resource system for the university.
Prior to arriving at ECU, Dr. Pierson served on the steering committee of the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Curriculum Alignment and Assessment Initiative and she co-chaired the English Discipline Subcommittee for the Curriculum Alignment Initiative.
Dr. Pierson is married to Michael Pierson and they have one daughter, Mera, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Pierson has two sons, Zacharye and Gabriel, and a daughter-in-law, Robin, of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Dr. Colleen Simpson brings a passion to serve community colleges and uses education as a vehicle for elevation and transformation. Her career in education spans three decades and is centered on leading teams to develop a shared vision to support student success and academic excellence. Through her equity and student-centered lens, she believes all students will succeed.
Dr. Colleen Simpson currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services and Regional Learning Centers at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). She currently provides a visionary and inspirational leadership to 3 campuses and 5 Regional Learning Centers by building on current academic innovation, fostering a “student-ready” experience, and addressing the educational, economic and workforce development needs of the region.
Prior to joining NWTC, Dr. Simpson served as the administrator overseeing Retention and Student Success at Bronx Community College (CUNY)—leading and managing a comprehensive program of services promoting access, retention, engagement, and completion. She worked closely with faculty and department chairs to develop and support a shared vision for student success. Dr. Simpson has also held prior higher education administrative positions in the areas of Enrollment Management/Student Affairs, Registrar, Counseling, Career Services and Academic Affairs. She has developed and taught courses on First Year Success, Critical Thinking, and Academic and Personal Development. Her career also includes teaching as an adjunct faculty member at the College of New Rochelle–Graduate School Division of Psychology and Counseling.
Dr. Simpson has been the recipient of grants and many awards. She has presented at local and national conferences focusing on student success, retention, enrollment management and academic innovation. She is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Council on Black American Affairs. She currently serves on several boards—Big Brother Big Sister, The Boys and Girls Club and N.E.W. Charter School of Innovation. Outside of academia, Dr. Simpson believes in giving back to the community and finds joy in engaging in initiatives to support and mentor students.
Dr. Simpson earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University, M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and B.B.A. in International Marketing both from Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY.
Monday, November 29, 2021
Dr. Colleen Simpson: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Dr. Kim Armstrong: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Dr. Katricia Pierson: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Thursday, December 2, 2021
Dr. David Hinds: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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