NCCC Announces New Chair and Members

July 9, 2020

On June 1, 2020, President Thomas A. Walker, Jr., Wayne Community College, became the new Executive Board Chair. Walker is the first chair representing the community college sector. The Executive Board provides oversight and strategic direction for the organization’s continued work supporting colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy.

Walker succeeds President Nido Qubein, High Point University, who served two three-year terms as chair. During his tenure, he oversaw significant change and growth in the organization, including the establishment of the HPU Challenge Fund for North Carolina Campus Compact. This special interest endowment fund, administered by the Alamance Community Foundation, was initiated by a Challenge Gift from Dr. Qubein and High Point University to help ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the Compact. Previous chairs were Chancellor Ken Peacock, Appalachian State University (2008-2014), and President Leo Lambert, Elon University (2002-2008).

Dr. Thomas A. Walker, Jr.

Dr. Walker took the reins of Wayne Community College as its sixth president on September 1, 2016. Prior to joining Wayne Community College, he was the President of the Grand Island campus of Central Community College for two years. Dr. Walker had also been the Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services for all locations of Central Community College in Nebraska.

Dr. Walker has served in many roles in education throughout his career. In Missouri, he was Vice President for Student Affairs at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, founding Executive Director of K.I.P.P. (Knowledge is Power Program) St. Louis, and Dean of Administrative Services at Metropolitan Community College. He held the posts of Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Davidson County Community College in North Carolina and Southwest Tennessee Community College, and has been a Faculty Member and Academic Dean.

He has been involved in several executive development programs including Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education, the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Executive Leadership Institute, and the Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs of Community Colleges’ Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.
Dr. Walker has been a Fellow with the National Center for Education Statistics and Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. Most recently, he was a member of the inaugural class of Aspen Institute’s Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

He currently serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Student Success, the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board, and the Community Colleges for Democracy (CC4D) Leadership Board.
In his local community, Dr. Walker serves on the board of numerous organizations, including Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Development Alliance, United Way of Wayne County, Wayne Charitable Partnership’s Wayne Education Network Education Council, Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, and others.

Dr. Walker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a Master of Public Administration Degree and a Doctor of Education Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Memphis.

He was most recently published in the Journal of College Student Development in a 2017 article he co-authored titled “Social Belonging and College Retention: Results from a Quasi-Experimental Pilot Study.” Dr. Walker serves on the Review Board of the Journal of College and Character published by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Message from Dr. Walker to the Network

Dear Campus Compact Colleagues:

I am excited to chair our Executive Board and want to begin by thanking Nido Qubein, President, High Point University, for his exceptional leadership and passion for the North Carolina Campus Compact effort. Considering our Campus Compact mission, never has there been a time when we are more relevant and needed. Civic and community engagement has never been more necessary and higher education plays an important role in sustaining an informed citizenry. The opportunities we have ahead of us will demand our focus and energy and North Carolina Campus Compact can and will meet these demands. The collaborative group of colleges and universities doing this work, are indeed doing the “heavy lifting.” I look forward to the accomplishments in our near future, and I am extremely excited about the civic energy and insight our respective colleges/universities will provide for the students and communities we serve.

New Board Members

Two new members started their three-year terms on the Executive Board, June 1, 2020. They bring a wealth of experience and diversity of viewpoints that will strengthen the organization. President Lugo represents the four-year independent sector and Chancellor Sartarelli represents the four-year public sector.

Daniel G. Lugo, President
Queens University of Charlotte

UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. PHOTO BY: JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW

Jose V. Sartarelli, Chancellor
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Recognizing Outgoing Members

We extend a hearty thank you to two members who have been critical to the success of North Carolina Campus Compact and who rotated off the board this spring. Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., North Carolina A & T State University, completed his second three-year term, and Chancellor Phil Dubois, UNC Charlotte, retired after serving two years of his first term. We are deeply grateful for the service of these dedicated and insightful leaders.