Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., To Serve As Board President Of Nonprofit Consortium Working To Promote Collaboration Among Raleigh Higher Education Institutions
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., has been appointed to lead the board of directors of Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC), a nonprofit consortium that works to promote collaboration among higher education institutions located in Raleigh and Wake County. Townsley, who will serve as board president for the 2012-2013 academic year, will work alongside the other presidents, chancellors and the executive director to ensure collaboration among participating institutions.
A primary initiative for the organization is to orchestrate and successfully carry out efforts to increase academic resource sharing among each of the member institutions. Under Townsley’s leadership, the CRC will concentrate on building on the organization’s goal of collaborating and informing community leaders about the importance of higher education to the overall quality of life and the positive impact it has on the economic development of North Carolina. Additionally, the CRC Board of Directors and its members will review and propose specific initiatives, which include encouraging professional development for administration and faculty across campuses; acting as a liaison to further develop the relationships between the institutions and governmental, business and community leaders; and promoting student and staff leadership development.
The CRC includes Meredith College, NC State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University and William Peace University. Wake Technical Community College is scheduled to join CRC on July 1, 2013. Based on the CRC Economic Impact Study, its five institutions of higher education represent 25 percent of all wage and salary income and 20 percent of the total employment across Wake County.
“As a community, we are fortunate to be able to have so many institutes of higher learning within a short distance of each other, and the best way to take advantage of that asset is for our colleges and universities to work alongside one another through collaboration and teamwork,” said Townsley. “I am honored to serve as the CRC board president and look forward to working on building the strengths and opportunities that are derived from being part of the same community as these excellent educational institutions.”
“We are honored to have Dr. Townsley serve as our board president for the 2012-2013 academic year,” said Jenny Spiker, director of Cooperating Raleigh Colleges. “Dr. Townsley understands first-hand the value and importance of community partnerships, and also recognizes the advantages that come from collaborating with out neighborhood institutions. We look forward to the professional development and community support that will come from her leadership.”
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.