The Chair Academy recently recognized the leadership of Lone Star College-CyFair’s Vice President for Student Learning Dr. Feleccia Moore-Davis with a 2011 International Exemplary Leader Award.
Committed to exemplifying the best practices of organizational leadership worldwide, the Chair Academy honored exemplary leadership of 33 individual and seven leadership teams at the recent annual conference in Dallas.
“As you move into different level positions, I think awards like this help to solidify your commitment to what you do and why you do it,” said Moore-Davis, who began at LSC-CyFair as founding dean. “Moreover, I was nominated for the award by faculty, which makes it even more meaningful.”
Administration requires one to make tough decisions, she said. However, at the core of leadership is valuing people, showing care and concern as well as gaining the trust of those you serve that decisions will be made in their best interest.
“Long days are common and worth the challenges, because at the end of the day there is a student who dares to dream and succeeds at their goals” said Moore-Davis. “In the end it’s about students. I began my career in education as a faculty member to make a difference and impact students’ lives, and each position I have held allows me to accomplish that.”
In the award nomination, Moore-Davis is said to have been “instrumental in re-inventing program reviews, facilitating communication, promoting diversity, inclusion, student support and success. She is an advocate for academic excellence and has modeled loyalty, integrity and open communication to all in the midst of varied changes to the college and our system, even taking time to mentor others.”
Whatever her leadership position may be, such as faculty, dean, vice president, mentor and various committee chairs, Moore-Davis said her leadership style remains the same.
“My style is collaborative as well as authentic, because I don’t think people change with their title,” she said. “Their passion just intensifies and they have greater opportunity to meet goals and make a difference in people’s lives.”
This consistent leadership style works for her, as Moore-Davis was also a previous Chair Academy honoree having earned both individual and team exemplary leadership awards in 2007.
Joining Moore-Davis as one of two 2011 individual Exemplary Leader Award recipients from Texas was Lone Star College System’s Associate Vice Chancellor of Curriculum and Instruction Linda Leuhrs-Wolfe.
For information on the Chair Academy, go to chairacademy.com. For information on LSC-CyFair, go to LoneStar.edu.