Community College of Philadelphia would like to congratulate its president, Dr. Donald Guy Generals, for being named the 2021 National Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).
The Pacesetter of the Year Award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in college communications and marketing. Dr. Generals received the award for his exceptional work to successfully leverage marketing and public relations strategies to advance the College and its mission.
He has presided over the College since 2014, and has introduced and enhanced many initiatives and efforts to increase student success, including additional student support services and Guided Pathways, a nationally recognized degree completion strategy. Much of Dr. Generals’ work also focuses on expanding access to a quality, affordable education for all students; empowering faculty and staff to be leaders; and celebrating the diversity of the College community.
Dr. Generals has served as an expert panelist for discussions on a range of issues, including poverty in Philadelphia, and innovation and inequality in education. He often speaks to groups about the advantages of community colleges and the impact they have on students and their communities. He also keeps faculty, staff and students informed about College news and information through town hall meetings, casual Fireside Chats, and Pizza with the President, where students can connect to discuss current events and ideas. In June 2020, with the help of College staff, he began hosting teach-in sessions through the Enough Is Enough series, featuring conversations around timely, relevant topics tied to social justice.
Involvement in local and regional community organizations allows Dr. Generals to stay updated on the pulse of the city and the individuals looking to further their education, or change or advance their careers. Dr. Generals serves on the board of directors of the Economy League of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on boards of several other organizations, where he uses his platform to share information about the College and learn more about workforce opportunities for our students.
Dr. Generals’ support of college communications and marketing has truly placed the College and its students, faculty and staff in a position to excel.
To learn more, visit NCMPR’s webpage celebrating Dr. Generals’ achievement