Community Colleges Perspective

Community college leaders reflect on Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy Conference

About the authors

Jemilia S. Davis, Ph.D., is director of strategic initiatives and external relations at the Belk Center. She provides critical support for advancing the center’s strategies that reflect the complex intersection of research, executive leadership, and student success outcomes across community colleges. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (Higher Education program area of study) at NC State and has worked in academic advising and student affairs prior to joining the Belk team.… Read full bio »
Dr. Algie Gatewood is the fourth president to helm Alamance Community College (ACC) since it opened in 1958. Prior to joining ACC in 2013, Dr. Gatewood served 10 years as president of Portland Community College Cascade Campus in Oregon. During Dr. Gatewood’s tenure at ACC, the college won its largest ever bond referendum – nearly $40 million – in 2018 to fund a number of major capital projects and expansions.… Read full bio »
Bill is a product of the Community College System. He received his Associate of Arts from Miami-Dade Community College, which inspired his dedication to serving the community college concept. Bill went on to graduate from Florida Atlantic University and had a successful career in banking, retiring as the Alamance County Market President for Branch Banking and Trust Company, in 2015.… Read full bio »