Plenary Speakers

We have 2 amazing plenary speakers lined up, Dr. Martha J. Kanter and Dr. Gail O. Mellow!

As under secretary of education, Dr. Martha J. Kanter oversees postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, .nd five specific White House Initiatives. From 2003 to 2009, Kanter has served president of De Anza College and as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, serving more than 45,000. She is the first community college leader to serve in the under secretary position. Thursday, June 7: 9:00 – 9:40



Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000.  Dr. Mellow co-authored Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).  For the past two years, Dr. Mellow has directed a national faculty development project, Global Skills for College Completion (GSCC), a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project in which LaGuardia, League for Innovation in the Community College, and Knowledge in the Public Interest, developed a breakthrough curriculum and on-line platform to improve instruction in the teaching of developmental math and writing. Friday, June 8: 9:00 – 11:15