|Dr. Jennifer Wimbish
Dr. Jennifer Wimbish
President, Cedar Valley College
Dr. Jennifer Wimbish is President of Cedar Valley College and currently the longest serving college president in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). She will retire in August 2016 after 13 years with CVC. Prior to joining CVC, she was the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Lansing Community College in Michigan, Dean of Students and faculty counselor at Brookhaven College, and Director of the Women's Resource Center at CVC.
A dynamic and influential innovator, Dr. Wimbish has worked tirelessly to positively impact Cedar Valley College and the southern sector of Dallas County. During her tenure, enrollment has doubled, and key metrics such as student completion and graduation rates have significantly improved.
Her involvement in the local community includes service with the Best Southwest Partnership and Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Boards, Methodist Hospital Citizens Advisory Group, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Dallas Alumni Chapter, and much more. Nationally, she served as a participant or board member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Sustainability Task Force; Head Start of Greater Dallas; and Presidents' Roundtable, an AACC affiliate.
In Michigan, she was instrumental in establishing the Ballentine Stepping Stone (transitional housing for homeless families) as well as the Closing the Digital Gap program to make computer ownership, training, and internet access possible for all people. Recently, she received the prestigious Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award from Phi Theta Kappa for her longtime support of PTK, and the 2016 College Educator of the Year Award from the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.
Her legacy includes a number of key accomplishments and successes for CVC: developing and implementing a robust Dual Credit and Early College High School program; establishing a Male Initiative to positively influence college youth; providing leadership for Texas Completes, a statewide student success and credential completion program for Texas community colleges; championing Sustainability as a strategic goal for CVC and institutionalizing it as a Center of Excellence; securing a $2.45 million federal grant to fund initiatives related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); receiving the Military Friendly designation for CVC; and guiding the college using a forward-thinking, data-driven approach to strategic planning.
Dr. Wimbish holds a doctorate in higher adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University, a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and a bachelor's degree in history education from Hampton University in Virginia.