The NCBAA recognizes our role in acknowledging the stall worth efforts of community college leaders. Each year, during our annual awards breakfast at the AACC Convention, we honor the contributions and leadership provided by these individuals. We understand that these individuals certainly do not engage in the work for the accolades, however, we want them to know that we honor and acknowledge that our institutions, faculty/staff, and most importantly, students benefit from the time, talent, and treasure they contribute to our nation’s community colleges. Descriptions of the awards and previous recipients are noted below.

The Dr. Marian C. Shivers Mentor Award

Mentoring of oncoming professionals and aspiring presidents and senior level administrators is one of the hallmarks of the NCBAA.  Our professional development programs incorporate an ongoing mentoring element and members of our organization participate willingly in mentoring recognizing that none of us, “got here on our own.” The NCBAA Mentoring Award is given annually to an individual that exemplifies this spirit and has provided wise guidance and counsel to black faculty, staff, and administrators. This award is presented to the recipient, by the nominator, during our annual awards breakfast.

2019 Recipient

Dr. Annette Parker, President- South Central College, Mankato, Minnesota

In addition to all of her accomplishments, Dr. Annette Parker has time to mentor others. She has been a strong supporter of the Thomas Lakin Institute and the Dr. Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute. She consistently makes herself available to participants in both institutes by imparting her expertise to enhance their leadership skills
during and after the institutes – a mentor extraordinaire.

As a servant leader, she provides visionary leadership that engages all constituencies in challenges and opportunities. She has a charismatic personality that creates enthusiasm, energy, and intellectual stimulation that encourages us all to contribute to the growth and excellence of our community colleges. Dr. Parker currently serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, President’s Round Table, Manufacturing Institute Education Council, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Leadership Council, and the National Academies of Science: Study on Education, Training, and Certification Pathways to a Skilled U.S. Workforce Committee.

Recent recipients include:

  • 2018 Recipient – Dr. Charlene Dukes, Prince George’s Community College, MD
  • 2017 Recipient – Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Montgomery College, MD
  • 2016 Recipient – Dr. Helen Benjamin, Contra Costa Community College District, CA
  • 2015 Recipient – Dr. Ned Doffoney, Chancellor, North Orange County Community College District
  • 2014 Recipient – Dr. Helen Benjamin, Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District
  • 2013 Recipient – Dr. Christine McPhail, Achieving the Dream
  • 2012 Recipient – Dr. Carolane Williams, President Baltimore City Community College

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award is selected by the board from nominations received throughout the year. This award recognizes the contributions of an active member of the organization who’s efforts support the national organization or one of the regions. The individual embodies the NCBAA spirit and inspires new members to become affiliated with NCBAA and ongoing members to remain steadfast to their commitment to our organization.

2019 Recipient

Ms. Lolita Brown

Ms. Brown has previously served on the National Board of NCBAA representing the Southern Region for several years and is a current long time member of the Southern Region Board of NCBAA having served as secretary in past years. She actively supports the Region’s programs, most recently co-chairing the 2018 annual Fall conference. However, her contributions do not end there. She continues to work tirelessly for students, the community, her church, Historic Bethel A.M.E., and her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition to  awards and recognitions she has received from her college, church organizations
and her sorority, Ms. Brown has been honored to also receive service and leadership awards and  recognitions from other community organizations.

Recent recipients include:

  • 2018 Recipient – Ms. Mary Coleman, Guttman Community College, NY
  • 2017 Recipient – Ms. Carol Belle-Thomas Moss, City College of San Francisco
  • 2016 Recipient – Dr. Rhonda Spells-Fentry, Prince George’s Community College, MD
  • 2015 Recipient – Anita Black, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Merritt College
  • 2014 Recipient – Terence Wright, Campus Enrollment Leader, Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  • 2013 Recipient – Dr. Carolyn Hull Anderson, Interim President, Baltimore City Community College
  • 2012 Recipients – Dr. Helen Benjamin, Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District and
    Ms. Mary Coleman, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance, Bronx Community College

President’s Award

The NCBAA President’s Award recipient is selected by the current president of the NCBAA. This award acknowledges the efforts of an individual that demonstrates consistent support of the NCBAA mission, vision, and operation activity. The President’s Award Recipient will be featured in our 2015 Awards Breakfast Booklet.

2019 Recipient

Dr. Gwendolyn Sanders

Her career exemplifies a personal commitment to the field of education and community service. She has served as a Head Start Teacher and Director, First African American Dean at Delaware Technical and Community College, where she served over 28 years first as the Dean of Student Services and then as the Dean of Development. Dr. Sanders developed the Mastering College Life, Career and Life Planning Seminar and the Human Potential Seminar. She developed the English as a Second Language Program, now the Department of Language and Culture. Dr. Sanders developed Delaware Tech’s Career Planning and Placement Center, and the Academic Tutoring Program. At Springfield College she served as the Coordinator of the Student Academic Support Center & Adjunct Faculty and served as the Chairperson the Springfield’s Community Advisory Board. She facilitated the development of the Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at The Wilmington Campus of Springfield College School of Human Services.

Recent recipients include:

  • 2018 Recipient – Mr. David Baime, American Association of Community Colleges, DC
  • 2017 Recipient – Ms. Alonia Sharps, Prince George’s Community College
  • 2016 Recipient – Mr. Kevin Christian, American Association of Community Colleges, DC
  • 2015 Recipient – Ms. Ann Johnson, Vice President of Student Success, Lone Star College – Tomball
  • 2014 Recipient – Mr. Kevin Christian, Senior Program Manager, Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity, AACC
  • 2013 Recipient – Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, President, Prince Georges Community College
  • 2012 Recipient – Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO, AACC

Dissertation of the Year

The NCBAA-Northeast Region Dissertation of the Year award recognizes an individual whose exemplary doctoral dissertation aligns with the mission of NCBAA, contributes to the literature on community colleges, and/or makes a substantial contribution to policy, procedures, and practice that has an impact on African American students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Exemplary research revises understanding of a researchable problem associated with African Americans in the community college, identifies a research problem new to the field, and/or demonstrates sound interdisciplinary research. Only dissertations judged to be truly outstanding will be recognized.

2019 Recipient

Dr. Carla Jackson, Morgan State University

Research: 1000 Paper Cuts: The Cost of Underrepresentation


Recent recipients include:

  • 2018 Recipient –Tisa Silver Canady, Ed.D., Morgan State University, MD
    Research: The Relationship Between Financial Aid Advising and Community College Student Engagement
  • 2017 Recipient – Charanne Smith, D.M., University of Maryland University College, MD
    Research: Impact of Intended and Unintended Outcomes of Performance-Based Funding on Community Colleges
  • 2016 Recipient – Debbie Peoples, Ed. D., Morgan State University, MD
    Research: Personal Connections and Career Reflections: Examining the Social Networks and Career Choices of African American Women Community College Leaders
  • 2015 Recipient – Towaunna Porter Brannon, Ed.D., Fordham University, NY
    Research: Perceived Factors Contributing to Associate Degree Completion by African American Males at a Community College

For full details on the Dissertation of the Year Award, please visit: NCBAA Northeast Awards