TCC VP Selected for Prestigious Nationwide Leaders Program

Eunice Tarver, Ph.D., vice president of student success and equity at Tulsa Community College, is one of 35 leaders selected for the 2023-24 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship.

It is presented by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.

“The Aspen Institute epitomizes excellence in higher education, and through the College Excellence Program, is working to significantly improve student learning, completion and employment after college – across all student populations,” said Leigh Goodson, Ph.D., TCC president & CEO. “This includes developing the next generation of community college leaders.”

Tarver was named to her current position in February 2021 but has more than a decade of experience in various roles across TCC. She has used her knowledge to help design a student experience at TCC that is both responsive to today’s students and at the same time supportive for an inclusive and equitable learning experience. She is part of the incoming class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows which is 74 percent women, and 60 percent are people of color.

Selected through a competitive process, the fellows will work closely with highly accomplished community college presidents, Aspen leaders, and Stanford University faculty over ten months to learn from field-leading research, define and assess student success at their colleges, and clarify their visions for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate.

“Each cohort of the Rising Presidents Fellowship is different,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “And what they all share is a passion to advance excellence and equity in student outcomes and the commitment to ensure that the colleges they lead continuously improve.”

Rising Presidents Fellows aspire to enter a college presidency within five years of completing the fellowship. As fellows, they join a network of over 300 forward-thinking peers—155 of whom are sitting college presidents—who are applying grounded and innovative strategies to meet student success challenges in their colleges.

The Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, College Futures Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase.