Two MCC Department Chairs Receive International Leadership Awards

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 22, 2006) -- Manatee Community College (MCC) department chairs Dr. Cynthia Vensel Reynolds and Gary Russell received  2006 International Exemplary Leadership awards from the Chair Academy, an organization committed to advancing organizational leadership. The award recognizes the winners' ability to advance academic and administrative leadership at MCC. They will be honored at the academy's 15th Annual International Conference in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, April 21.

Reynolds, chair of the social and behavioral sciences department, has held that position for 11 of her 16 years at MCC. She also previously served as manager of the college's Early Childhood Education Program. Under Reynolds' leadership, MCC introduced an Alternative Certification Program for noneducation majors who want to be teachers, helping fill a critical need for qualified teachers in area schools. A graduate of a year-long Academy for Leadership and Development program created in conjunction with the Chair Academy, Reynolds has a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

Russell has served as chair of the language and literature department for five of his 22 years at MCC. He is the training coordinator for adjuncts, coordinator of a highly successful Summer Bridge program that helps high school graduates overcome stumbling blocks to a college career and a former president of the Faculty Senate. He chaired a Quality Enhancement Plan committee that played a key role in helping MCC win reaccreditation for a full 10 years with no conditions or restrictions from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Russell has a master's degree from the University of South Florida.

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