EPCC’s Vice President, Julie Penley, Ph.D., has the opportunity to redefine higher education as a newly elected member of the Texas Women in Higher Education board of directors.
The TWHE is a non-profit corporation that focuses on aiding women working within higher education institutions to attain leadership positions, and continue supporting women currently in positions of power.
“We’re working to invigorate the association and increase active membership, so I offered to focus my work on the board on increasing the TWHE representation on each college and university campus,” Penley said, “I’m reaching out to current and former Institutional Representatives (IRs) to forge a stronger networking relationship, and to my contacts across the state to identify female leaders or those with leadership potential to serve as the IR if their institution doesn’t currently have someone in that role.”
It provides a network system of support and guidance for women employed in colleges or universities in the state of Texas. Penley is set to serve with the TWHE board of directors until 2021.
Penley added, “I hope to contribute to increased engagement in TWHE across the state, and to meet other strong women around the state. Many times, our roles overlap so I know many TWHE members from other work, but it’s been great to meet new people and put individuals in contact with one another as resources.”
Penley has worn many hats throughout her career at EPCC.
She joined the EPCC family in 2002.
Her various roles at the college include Psychology Professor, Dean of Instructional Programs, Dean of the Mission Del Paso Campus, Associate Vice President of Instruction and Student Success, and her current title of Vice President of Research, Accreditation and Planning.
Penley has also served on several local, state, and national boards and committees that focus on higher education.
Penley stated, “I’ve never been one to sit back and allow myself to get comfortable.
EPCC is a fascinating organization with so many moving parts.
Learning how those parts work and integrate with one another to support student success is incredibly interesting and makes my work that much more rewarding.”
Penley’s numerous achievements and accolades include a master’s degree and doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from UTEP, and a Master in Higher Education Administration from New Mexico State University.
Penley added, “We have a clear focus on equal opportunities regardless of gender or race, veteran status, gender identity, religion, etc..”
Penley continued, “Identify your interests and follow that path.
Don’t let others dictate that path for you, and don’t be afraid to change your mind and adjust your path as you go along.”
TWHE will be holding their annual conference in Denton, Texas from March 29 through March 31.
The event will host keynote speeches from women in higher education and will include breakout sessions.
Topics will range from communication, developing a brand, and faculty-staff interaction.
The last day to register for the event is March 15.