Delaware County Community College President Receives Leader of Change Award

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Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, left, receives the 2017 Maury Cotter Leader of Change Award from Maury Cotter.

Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black received a 2017 Maury Cotter Leader of Change Award last month from the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation, an international professional association that promotes innovation and collaborative networking in higher education among its more than 1,000 members worldwide.

Dr. Gates Black was one of two recipients of the award and was recognized at NCCI’s annual conference in Minneapolis.

Through its Leader of Change Award program, NCCI seeks to “identify and support those individuals who are leading change on their campuses and to grow the network of change leaders within higher education,” said NCCI President Teresa Hartnett, who also is assistant dean of Finance and Administration at the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center in Memphis.

“They truly reflect the values of NCCI: innovation, continuous improvement, collaboration, excellence, and diversity of perspective,” Hartnett said.


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Earlier this year, Dr. Gates Black was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees of Delaware County Community College and became the first female and the first African-American president of the college on July 1.

However, she received the Leader of Change Award for work she did while at Tarrant County College (TCC) District, a community college in Fort Worth, Texas, with more than 100,000 credit and non-credit students and multiple campuses.

“I am humbled to be recognized for the work we were able to do at Tarrant County College,” Dr. Gates Black said.

NCCI selected Dr. Gates Black in part because of TCC’s nomination, which called her a “strong, visionary leader” who helped shift TCC’s primary focus from providing students with access to college to helping students successfully complete college and obtain an associate degree or other credential.

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