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November 09, 2011

Appointees Named to University of the District of Columbia Community College Transition Independence Advisory Board  

Appointees Bring Professional Expertise and Insight to Transition Process

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown have announced that the Council of the District of Columbia confirmed appointees to the University of the District of Columbia Community College (CCDC) Transition to Independence Advisory Board last week. Mayor Gray and Chairman Brown share the credit for nominating five outstanding public servants to the Board.

Mayor Gray nominated three members, Alice M. Rivlin, senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University; John W. Hill, chief executive officer of the Federal City Council; and Carrie L. Thornhill, managing director of Israel Manor Inc. and a founding architect of Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc., DC Agenda, the Children Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the DC Neighborhood College and the DC Childcare Corporation.

“In nominating persons to carry out the important task of developing an effective transition plan for establishing CCDC as an independent community college, I looked for responsible professionals with the commitment, expertise and educational insights to make this process work for all involved,” said Mayor Gray. “Alice Rivlin, John Hill and Carrie Thornhill possess these qualifications and more for getting the job done.”

The Mayor further stated that, “Moving CCDC to independence is a key component of my plan to better train our residents for jobs and get them back to work.”

Council Chairman Brown nominated two of the members, Walter Smith, executive director of the DC Appleseed Center; and Joshua M. Kern, former executive director at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School.

“Each of these appointees is unquestionably qualified for the role and responsibilities they will assume in moving the Community College of the District of Columbia to independence with as little disruption as possible to the students and staff,” said Chairman Brown. “They are all well-suited and well-prepared for the task at hand.”

Council Chairman Kwame Brown created the University of the District of Columbia Community College Transition to Independence Advisory Board in the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Support Act of 2011. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to develop and submit to the Council by no later than November 28, 2011, a transition plan for establishing CCDC as an independent community college. The group will work with the president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the president of the Community College of the District of Columbia (CCDC) to accomplish this task.

The transition plan will:

• Identify all actions that must be taken for CCDC to operate independently from the UDC flagship university, including the creation of an independent board of trustees for CCDC;

• Account for the type and scope of programs offered and envisioned, and include the development, expansion, integration, coordination, and efficient use of the facilities;

• Include an independent budget for CCDC, CCDC’s application for accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

• Outline Draft Terms of Articulation, containing all proposed policies related to the transfer of credits and admission policies between CCDC and UDC, and a Workforce and Local Education Plan, which identifies potential arrangements to provide training for both public and private sector employees, and all mechanisms by which to increase cooperation and interaction with the District of Columbia Public Schools, public charter schools, and other District agencies; and

• Present a plan detailing any transfers of positions, employees, property, and funds from UDC to CCDC for the purposes of establishing an independent community college.