Don Miller joined the Piedmont Community College (PCC) Team in 2019 as Dean of the College’s Learning Commons. He was pursuing his doctorate degree at the time and recently defended his dissertation, earning his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Executive Leadership (Ed.D.) from Wingate University.

Miller selected this three-year program, designed for educational practitioners, and was in a cohort with many educational administrators and faculty members. This model encourages students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships.

“This program gave me a big picture view of working at a community college,” commented Miller. “The program encouraged me to think beyond my particular area to how community colleges work as a whole.”

In addition to completing 42 hours of courses in the areas of leadership and organizational development, effective programs and services of a community college, and traits of a highly successful community college, the program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the 21st century.

The final segment of the program is a Capstone Project, writing and defending a problem-centered, action research project on a topic of interest to the student. Miller’s capstone project focused on the comparison of success rates in online, hybrid, and face-to-face sections of gateway math and English courses.

Currently, two other PCC employees, Shelly Stone-Moye and Roy Allen, are enrolled in this same doctoral program.

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