News Release

Dalton State's Sandra Stone Earns Exemplary Leadership Award

April 02, 2012

Book Festival image Dalton State's Dr. Sandra Stone

Described by a faculty colleague as a “dynamic, energized, innovative, mountain-moving powerhouse for positive change,” Dr. Sandra Stone, Dalton State College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Academy.

The Chair Academy is an organization dedicated to delivering exemplary leadership development for college and university leaders and whose stated vision is "to advance academic and administrative leadership for post-secondary institutions globally."

The Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award is given to individuals at post-secondary institutions who advance academic and administrative leadership in their work.

“We are honored to have Dr. Stone as our Chief Academic Officer and believe she perfectly exemplifies the type of leader the award serves to recognize”, said Dr. Christy Price, Professor of Psychology, who nominated Dr. Stone on behalf of the faculty and administration of Dalton State College.

On the American Association for State Colleges and Universities’ Steering Committee for re-imagining undergraduate education, Dr. Stone is a leader in improving higher education at the national level.

“In her first 18 months she transformed Dalton State establishing new practices that have led to improved institutional effectiveness including engaging 65 faculty in learning-centered course redesign, creating six new degree programs, acquiring a grant targeting programs and services for non-traditional adult students and military personnel, expanding online learning at Dalton State, and ¬†establishing Centers for Diversity and International Education,” Price said in her letter of nomination.

“It is a rare career highlight when a truly extraordinary servant leader comes along to transform both an institution and the lives of those associated with it,” Price added.

Dr. Stone was honored at the Chair Academy’s 21st Annual International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 28th.

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