Congratulations to the candidates for your 2024 NCHC Board of Directors listed below!
A note regarding Floor Nominations:
In June of 2023 the Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Governance committee, updated the policy on “Floor Nominations”; a summary of updates is provided below.
No more than one nominee from one institution for a position will be considered in an election cycle. It's important to note that for professional positions, nominations from the floor will no longer be accepted, unless there are no other candidates on the official slate. In such cases, nominees must submit the required documents to the NCHC Secretary by noon CST on the Monday following the conference. The ad hoc Nominating Committee will review these nominees' packets to ensure they meet all necessary criteria. In contrast, nominations from the floor for student positions are allowed, provided the required documents are submitted promptly after the conference.
If you are a current member of NCHC, and are listed as the contact for your institution, you will receive an email invitation to vote on November 29, 2023. Elections are held by an independent vendor, Big Pulse, and results are vetted through NCHC's accounting firm, HBE.
The 2023 Election will open on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, and close on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.
If you have questions concerning this vote or process, please contact the NCHC office at email@example.com
The success of the National Collegiate Honors Council requires the full participation and engagement of everyone; NCHC is something less than the leading organization for honors education when institutions and groups are not represented, underrepresented or ignored from within.
Throughout my more than ten years of service in honors education, I have been fortunate to have served at a Historically Black University (HBCU) and been able to work in roles that have supported the strengthening of honors education at fellow HBCUs. I have also served in leadership capacities, including the presidency, for two terms, of the regional Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (Virginia + West Virginia). My participation in the Honors International Faculty Institute in collaboration with the European Honors Council (ECH) in the Netherlands and subsequent membership have allowed me to experience how honors can appear and function differently in multiple countries around the world.
Because of these different experiences and perspectives on honors education, I am acutely aware that regardless of how honors is organized, honors is at its very core inclusive of all. I believe this strongly and am very comfortable serving as an advocate as well as a leader for inclusive excellence in honors education. I would like to use my position as Vice President to assist in strengthening, where possible, the relationships between NCHC and the regional councils, the National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP), state-level councils, and other emerging US and international honors groupings. I believe there are multiple areas in which direct cooperation would bolster collaborating organizations, all while strengthening honors education.
I would welcome with enthusiasm the opportunity to bring my voice and passion for honors education to the position of NCHC Vice President!
- Donna Clevinger, Mississippi State University
- Steve Garrison, Midwestern State University
- Aaron Hanlin, Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Marcella McCoy-Deh, Thomas Jefferson University
- Erik Ozolins, Mt. San Jacinto College
- Mike Sloane, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Patricia Smith, University of Central Arkansas
- Thomas Spencer, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
- Joshua Stockley, University of Louisiana-Monroe
These pathways for student success are at the core of a meaningful honors experience.
These activities benefited from internal and external funding opportunities. I bring my student-centered experience in implementing and resourcing these activities to the Board. My commitment to student success in the arts has led me to endow a yearly scholarship for honors students at my institution.
Expanding growth for creative expression through arts-integrated experiences has defined my campus and conference participation and has helped me form friendships across interdisciplinary lines. As a Board member, I will support articles about the arts in NCHC's Newsletters and the formation of a Committee for the Arts in Honors.
I am committed to NCHC's good management practices and the inclusive standards toward strengthening enrollment and student success challenges. These have informed my approach to honors education since I began-fulltime-in honors over a decade ago.
Coming to grips with artificial intelligence is one of the most important challenges ahead. What will honors education look like with AI in our future? The future is now and so is NCHC! I would like to offer my thoughts and service to NCHC as your Board member.
Over the past 12 years, honors education has become both a part of my professional and academic identities. My honors journey started in my undergraduate education and has made positive influences on my work as an administrator, mentor, teacher, and advocate. I have been fortunate to have had a career that spans the spectrum of issues, challenges, and opportunities in higher education encompassing collaborative work in both student and academic affairs. For this reason, I enthusiastically express my interest in serving on the NCHC Board of Directors.
Since my first NCHC conference in 2012, I have facilitated several presentations, panels, and workshops including such notable sessions as Beginning in Honors, Developing in Honors, Students in Honors, and Summer Institutes. My NCHC service has also included membership on the NCHC Professional Development and Two-Year College Committees as well as organizing the Idea Exchange portion of the annual conference for several years.
Most of my service in honors has been devoted to leadership at the state and regional level, including presidencies with the MidEast Honors Association, Southern Regional Honors Council, and the Florida Collegiate Honors Council. Through my work with these organizations, I have engaged in collaborative leadership to advance their missions for promoting honors educational practices and student experiences. I have also organized two state honors conferences and one regional honors conference.
These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging network of honors colleagues who can greatly contribute to my position as a board member advocating for honors education on a national level. As a board member, I would be especially interested in advancing the NCHC research agenda to promote more empirical research that will further provide institutional stakeholders with evidence-based tools to support their programs.
My NCHC participation history reflects both my interest in edifying my own practice in honors by attending summer institutes such as Beginning in Honors, preparing the self-study, site visitor training; as well as my willingness to share information with colleagues through my conference presentations and workshops on curricular revision, diversity topics, and Fulbright activity. My experience navigating difficult and complex institutional transitions such as mergers and name changes – surviving with honors intact and with improved footing have provided me significant exercise in diplomacy that I have been able to use as an NCHC site visitor. I would look forward to lending the same skills as an NCHC board member.Outside of honors, I have served (2016-2023) on the governing board of Hosteling International USA (hiusa.org) where my passion for international travel to promote the outlook of young people as global citizens found a home. Above all, I bring commitment to students. It has been my pleasure to shepherd honors students to their first conference experience, then to observe as they returned as presenters, volunteers and even board members. Flames alight!
If elected, I would lend my efforts to national board initiatives to sustain NCHC functions and to strengthen alignment of the regional councils with NCHC Shared Principles and Practices.
I have been involved in Honors at the national and regional level. I began attending the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in 2009. I currently co-chair the NCHC Advocacy Committee and serve on the Professional Development Committee. I also have been involved in regional Honors meetings as well, having been involved with the Honors Council of the Illinois Region (HCIR), the Great Plains Honors Council, and participate in the regular meetings of the Texas public university Honors directors and deans group. I would like nothing more than to give back to the greater Honors community.
As a representative from a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, I feel I have an additional voice to add to the national Honors conversation on diversity and inclusion. I've already seen amazing stories as my students overcome incredible odds to become Goldwater Scholars, doctoral students in elite research programs, and have gained admission to professional schools. With the right environment and some hard work, there is no reason that excellence cannot be inclusive. I see it every day.
I would greatly appreciate your vote for the NCHC Board of Directors.
The first thing I bring is teaching experience, being an honors professor since 2006. My goal is to create an applied and interdisciplinary academic environment that facilitates critical thinking, inspires individuals to share their experiences, encourages articulation of different perspectives, uncovers new ideas, and impacts the broader community. Through these pedagogical efforts, students develop the skills required of global citizenship. My passion was recognized by students when awarded the SGA Faculty Award of Excellence and the ULM Foundation for Award for Excellence in Teaching.The second thing I bring is administrative experience. I became Director of the ULM Honors Program in 2011. As director, my priority was to apply the aforementioned approach and to make this honors experience accessible to any individual from anywhere. My students are disproportionately low-income, first generation learners. I have work diligently to remove barriers to participation and to create partnerships for success so that any student can benefit from a transformative pedagogical experience.
Finally, I bring my institutional perspective, not uncommon to the honors community. I serve a program without a large endowment, infrastructure, budget, or staff; however, I have managed to grow the program, increase diversity, build courses, implement curricular changes, reconnect alumni, establish private/public partnerships, and position honors within the University's strategic plan. Service to the board allows me to represent similarly situated programs and to ensure NCHC actions are consistent with its strategic initiatives of organizational excellence, professional development, research, advocacy and partnership, and diversity and inclusion.
- Sydney Chiang, Drexel University
- Connor Reschke, Washington State University
- Katelyn Walker, Eastern Kentucky University
With my previous employment and current major in the Hospitality Industry, I know that I hold experience in both team building and networking that many of my peers regretfully miss. My major also required me to complete volunteer work during the Philly Chef Conference, and from that I've learned endless ways to work with a team and assist guests. I had meetings to help plan for the event, and moderated conversations and panels - many of which concerning sensitive topics in our modern society.
Although I am still just a freshman, I take pride in my abilities to take action, network, and work with a team, and I have a clear view of what I believe the NCHC can be capable of. With the right steps, I believe that the NCHC can push honors students to take action and roles in civil communities, and I know I could contribute to that.
My strengths directly correlate to my mission for NCHC. The overarching goal of NCHC is to put honors students front and center, and if I were voted into office, I would enforce this duty to the best of my ability. To achieve this goal, I would implement regional meetings of honors students representing their respective colleges in order to communicate the successes, struggles, and solutions implemented in their institutions. This in turn will allow for other students to provide feedback and learn what more could be done in their school. Innovation from the ground level could be highly beneficial for the council, and a worthwhile investment for the future of honors as a whole. By connecting our national organization with honors students on a more personal level, we can obtain a better understanding of what needs to be done on a member to member basis.
If elected to the NCHC Board of Directors, I will bring my personal artistic outlook and the dedication to honors education that I have developed at Eastern Kentucky to help the board move forward. As a graphic design major, I could contribute a creative perspective that the council may find refreshing. I attended the fall 2022 Kentucky Honors Roundtable at the University of Kentucky in to learn from graduating seniors. I also took part in EKU’s new Honors Launch orientation program for incoming students, and I am attending NCHC 23 in Chicago where I am participating in a student and faculty panel on a creative project-based course at EKU known as The Creative Imagination: Life and Death. In addition, as a general practice I attend all of our campus honors meetings, I have participated in committees, and I served on the Honors Launch planning team. I am an open-minded person and I am always looking to continue the growth mindset I am pursuing. I am organized, a critical thinker, and a problem solver. In terms of my vision for my role on the board, I would like to help get students further involved in their honors programs and serve as an ambassador between the National Collegiate Honors Council and honors students who may not be aware of it or how beneficial it is. I would like to look into furthering involvement of honors students with their local communities and to see how we can propel the development of courses that provide more creative opportunities and student-initiated learning and service projects. I have found that with traditional pedagogies students are losing interest in their courses as work turns out to be more busy than fun. While the main intention of any course is to be educational, there are many creative ways to be both attention-grabbing and educational that I would like to emphasize.
I am very involved in my campus Honors program, and I have seen first-hand the benefit that a quality honors program can provide. I served as an officer in our Honors Student Association last year and will serve as President this upcoming year, and through these experiences, I have learned how to listen and respond to the members of our program. I have also learned how to effectively communicate with others on a team, and those above me, in order to lead effectively and to create positive experiences for peers.
In the summer of 2022, I had the opportunity to participate in the Glacier National Partners in the Park trip. I also attended the 2022 national conference in Dallas. These experiences showed me all of the best parts of the honors community – not only the wonderful interpersonal relationships that I made, but also unique experiences, new ways of thinking, and an overall enhanced education.
I also have experience serving on boards of nonprofits in the San Angelo community. I understand the structure of boards, how to effectively participate as a student, and many of the unique challenges faced by nonprofits. This participation will be beneficial with serving on the board of NCHC.