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Moorpark College President Selected for Aspen Institute's Presidents Fellowship

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Dr. Julius Sokenu to Join Prestigious Cohort of Community College Leaders

MOORPARK, Calif. - s4story -- The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced today that Dr. Julius Sokenu, President of Moorpark College, was selected for the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidents Fellowship. This intensive leadership program focuses on developing a sustainable and comprehensive reform agenda that advances excellence and equity in student outcomes.

"It is an honor to have been selected to join the admirable efforts of this collective," said President Sokenu. "This is an opportunity for community college leaders from across the nation to share ideas, offer new perspectives, and ultimately, collaborate on our shared goal of serving our nation's students."

Selected through a competitive process, the fellows will work closely with their cohort of community college presidents and senior staff from the Aspen Institute over 12 months. The fellows will share insights and practices from their field-leading colleges and receive guidance on advancing reforms aimed at delivering excellent and equitable student outcomes.

"Scaled improvements in student outcomes at our nation's community colleges requires excellent leadership," said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. "I am continually inspired and motivated by the dedication and expertise that our fellows bring to the work of advancing excellence and equity on their campuses, and I look forward to supporting them as they improve outcomes for their students."

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In April of this year, Moorpark College was awarded 4th place out of thousands of community colleges for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, an award recognizing the top colleges in the nation excelling in areas of student achievement and success. All three Ventura County community colleges placed in the top 150.

"The Aspen Institute supports community colleges in our mission to provide high quality education and career opportunities for students in search of a better future for themselves and their communities. We are immensely proud that President Sokenu has been selected to join these efforts," said Rick MacLennan, Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District.

For more information about the Aspen Institute, the Presidents Fellowship, and this year's cohort of community colleges leaders, visit the Aspen Institute's Presidents Fellowship webpage. (https://highered.aspeninstitute.org/presidentialfellowship/)

Jamie Whittington Studer
Public Information Officer

Source: Moorpark College
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