EPCC Vice President recognized nationally

September 22, 2015


The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) awarded Steve Smith, EPCC Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education/Chief Academic Officer, with the NCIA Chief Academic Officer 2015 Emerging Leader of the Year Award Sept. 9.



Courtesy of EPCC Marketing

Vice President Steve Smith (L) with President William Serata as he receives the NCIA Cheif Academic Officer 2015 Emerging Leader of the Year Award.


The NCIA Awards Committee evaluates nominations using the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Competencies for Community College Leaders. 

They are as follows: Organizational Strategy, Institutional Finance, Research, Fundraising,  Resource Management, Communication, Collaboration, and Community College Advocacy.

AACC and the NCIA was formed in 1977 and has since evolved to providing for the instructional administrator an agenda for leadership, advocacy, innovation and professional development.
The NCIA supports the principles, goals and objectives of the AACC. 

It is also committed to leadership, innovation, advocacy and development for the improvement of teaching and learning. 

Smith was nominated by EPCC Deans, Dr. Paula Mitchell and Dr. Julie Penley.

“All of the deans and directors are under instruction, mainly instruction and education, under workforce. Not to be confused with Tuition and Student Services,” Said Guadalupe Silva, Administrative Associate Office of the Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education, who is the assistant for Smith. 

Most students are not aware that this area of the college even exist.
 “I feel that students will be more aware of the department, and if students are aware, student awareness gets promoted,” said Silva.

Smith is also in charge of the Early College High Schools’ that have courses associated with EPCC. 
He and his instructional leaders will seek for all students, who attended EPCC, to succeed and continue work for EPCC. 

 “I’m happy to receive the NCIA award on behalf of the Institution,” Said Smith, “It speaks to the outstanding faculty and staff in the Instructional, area and to their efforts in educating our community”
Smith is looking for students to start and continue their education until they are done.

“Whether it is to transfer or graduate from here, he [Smith] wants to see students achieve their goals.” Silva explained.


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