Dr. Monica Cowart, provost and vice president of academic affairs, was named one of five inaugural Anchor Fellows for the Class of 2020. Anchor Fellows are mentored by sitting higher education presidents to learn how colleges and universities can build an institutional commitment to democratic local engagement through partnerships that contribute to their communities. The fellowship runs Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.
During their tenure, Anchor Fellows will design a series of visits to the campuses and communities of members of the Anchor Institutions Task Force’s Higher Education Presidential Subgroup. Anchor Fellows will receive insights from the host president and learn strategies for successfully navigating the internal and external challenges associated with community partnerships. This fellowship also provides a comprehensive view of how an anchor institution builds and sustains a commitment to its community, as well as the unique role of presidential leadership in these processes. A central goal of the program is to develop the next generation of anchor institution leaders.