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Delta College Endorsed as Community College Innovation Leader

March 21, 2023

Delta College, a founding member of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League), was reaffirmed in its long-standing leadership position. The League is a nonprofit organization with the mission of cultivating transformational innovation across colleges.

"I'm very pleased that we were approved to continue this great tradition," Dr. Gavin said. "This validates Delta's long history of excellence, and our presence on this board of directors keeps us at the forefront of community college leadership."

In 1968, when Donald J. Carlyon was president, Delta College became one of the League’s founding members and has held a seat on the board of directors ever since. And, Delta is the only remaining original founding member on the League's board.

When an institution changes leadership and hires a new president, it must go through a reaffirmation process to remain on the board. Delta began the process when Dr. Michael Gavin joined Delta as its fifth president in August 2021.

In January, as step one in the process, Delta submitted an innovation report which contained samples of recent innovative projects and programs. The next phase was a five-hour virtual site visit on February 28, where 16 Delta College faculty and staff members, plus President Emeritus Carlyon for one of the segments, presented information highlighting projects that assist students in pursuing their goals and ultimately fuel the Great Lakes Bay Region's economy. 

On March 10, the League board voted to reaffirm Delta College as a leader in the national efforts of community colleges.

By Ashley Terrell, Writer