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DCCCD Administrator Receives State Leadership Award

photo of Kay Eggleston

For immediate release — July 26, 2007

(DALLAS) — Dr. Kay Eggleston, vice president for institutional effectiveness and economic development at Richland College, has been acknowledged by the Texas Association of Community Colleges for her administrative leadership in higher education. Eggleston received the 2007 Carl M. Nelson Administrative Leadership Award from TACC during the group’s annual conference in Houston last week. 

During ceremonies on July 20, the Richland College administrator was presented a commemorative plaque and a $1,500 stipend from Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District; Dr. Steve Mittelstet, president of Richland College; and Dr. John Pickelman, chair of the TACC board of directors and chancellor of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District in Houston.

The TACC Nelson Award was established in 2003 in memory of Carl M. Nelson, who served as president of Texarkana College for many years and who helped dozens of new administrators as they assumed leadership positions in community colleges across Texas. The honor celebrates the importance of administrative leadership in the state’s community colleges by recognizing a vice president or dean who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.

“I am honored to accept the Nelson Award in recognition of the dedicated work of administrators in the 50 community college districts throughout the state,” said Eggleston. “As community college leaders, we are committed to fostering organizational environments supporting student and employee success for more than half-a-million students enrolled each semester in Texas community colleges and nearly 40,000 faculty.”    

Winners of the award must have demonstrated leadership qualities and traits that generally are associated with successful community college presidents, such as:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community college;
  • Demonstrated support for student learning and success;
  • Ability to develop broad-based perspectives;
  • Capacity for effective, collegial working relationships with faculty and staff;
  • Character traits typically equivocated with effective leadership;
  • Demonstrated involvement in community-oriented activities;
  • Support for and personal engagement in professional development activities.

Eggleston joined Richland College in 1998 as vice president for community and economic development and then became vice president for institutional effectiveness and economic development in 2002. Prior to that time, she held several administrative positions in higher education, including executive dean of the health and legal studies division at El Centro College; dean of health and legal students and dean of health occupations, also at ECC; and others. 

The Nelson Award recipient was a leader of the Richland College team that received the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; RLC was one of six national recipients. Richland was the first community college in the United States to receive this award, which was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses; categories were expanded in 1998 to include education and health care.

Eggleston was selected as RLC’s 2007 Administrator of the Year and DCCCD’s 2007 Administrator of the Year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University at Mankato; a master’s degree in nursing (medical-surgical cardiovascular specialty) from Texas Woman’s University; and a doctorate in management and administrative sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

In the past, Eggleston served on a number of statewide higher education committees and task forces. She has been involved in a number of civic organizations and previously served on the Garland Chamber of Commerce board of directors for five years. Eggleston currently is involved in activities associated with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, the Richardson Rotary Club, Altrusa International Inc. and parent volunteer efforts for the Hockaday School.

For more information, contact Ann Hatch in the DCCCD office of public and governmental affairs at (214) 860-2478. Richland College is one of seven individually accredited institutions in the Dallas County Community College District, which serves more than 64,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students each semester.

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Press contact: Ann Hatch