October, 13, 2010 - DAYTON, OH

SOCHE Director Selected to Attend Prestigious Institute

Sean Creighton, executive director of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), has been selected by a national review panel as one of only 37 college leaders to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The 37 participants hold senior-level leadership positions at community colleges or higher education affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

Gerardo E. de los Santos, president and CEO of the League for Innovation, said, "The review panel was extremely impressed with the quality of the applicants, which speaks well for the future vitality of the community college."

In his role at SOCHE, Creighton works closely with Clark State Community College, Edison Community College, Sinclair Community College, and Southern State Community College. He has been a commencement speaker for both Edison and Southern State. In addition to SOCHE, Creighton is currently the president of the board of education for Yellow Springs Exempted School District. Asked about the program, Creighton commented, "What an honor to be accepted, and to become better prepared as a leader in higher education."

The institute, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, December 5-10, 2010, provides an opportunity for potential community college presidents to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with an outstanding array of faculty drawn from among nationally and internationally recognized community college leaders. These include community college chief executive officers, experts in leadership development, community college trustees, presidential search consultants, members of the League for Innovation board of directors, and other prominent figures. Steven Lee Johnson, president of Sinclair Community College, and also David Ponitz, president emeritus of Sinclair Community College, both lead sessions at this prestigious institute.

The League is an international association dedicated since 1968 to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a consortium of over 20 public and private colleges and universities dedicated to advancing higher education in the region through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs.