SBVC’s Dr. Dina Humble Chosen for Aspen Institute’s Rising Presidents Fellowship

SBVC News
4 min readApr 26, 2024

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With Wave of Experienced Community College Presidents Retiring, New Aspen Fellow Commits to Learning the Practices of Transformational Leaders

Dr. Dina Humble has served as San Bernardino Valley College’s Vice President of Instruction since 2019.

CONTACT: Paul Bratulin, pbratulin@valleycollege.edu, (904–508–9755) & Kristin O’Keefe, kristin.okeefe@aspeninstitute.org, (240–351–8531)

SAN BERNARDINO, California — The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (Aspen) announced today that Dr. Dina Humble, Vice President of Instruction at San Bernardino Valley College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2024–25 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship. Applying lessons from over a dozen years researching exceptional community colleges, the Aspen fellowship aims to select and prepare the next generation of presidents who can lead institutions to higher and more equitable levels of student success.

Aspen Presidential Fellows represent the next generation of college leadership: this incoming class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows is 58 percent women, and 55 percent are people of color. The institutions they represent are also diverse, located in 20 states, from small rural colleges to large urban campuses. The fellows, selected through a competitive process, will work closely with highly accomplished community college presidents and thought leaders over ten months to learn from field-leading research, examine demographic and labor market conditions in their communities, assess student outcomes at their colleges, and advance a clear vision for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate.

​”I am deeply honored to be selected as an Aspen Rising Presidents Fellow,” Humble said. “This opportunity represents not only a personal achievement but also a commitment to advancing excellence, innovation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. I am proud to be part of a cohort that prioritizes these values and recognizes their importance in shaping the future of our colleges and communities. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Fellows from around the country to promote transformative change and foster inclusive environments where all students can thrive.”

Humble has 24 years of experience in higher education, including stints as a faculty member in the Riverside Community College District, Dean of Social Sciences and Arts at Long Beach City College, and Dean of Academic Affairs at Anoka Technical College. She earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado, and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University.

“With so many community college presidents taking or nearing retirement, Aspen has a heightened sense of urgency to develop new leaders who are committed to systemic change,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “Community colleges have a unique opportunity to advance the talent communities need and enable the economic mobility that draws so many students to higher education. I am confident that these fellows can realize that promise — and in turn advance the entire field — by taking the lessons from the highest performing colleges and preparing to bring those lessons to their first presidencies.”

Rising Presidents Fellows aspire to enter a college presidency within five years of completing the fellowship. As fellows, they join a network of over 350 forward-thinking peers — 175 of whom are sitting college presidents — who are applying concrete, grounded, and innovative strategies to meet student success challenges in their colleges.

The Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Burton Family Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the College Futures Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase.

For bios and photos of all 40 leaders, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org/meet-the-rising-presidents-fellows.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program supports colleges and universities in their quest to achieve a higher standard of excellence, delivering credentials that unlock life-changing careers and strengthen our economy, society, and democracy. We know it takes visionary college leaders to achieve this higher standard and we make it our mission to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and research-backed tools to inspire change, shift practice, and advance the capacity of colleges to deliver excellent and equitable student outcomes. For more information, visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization whose purpose is to ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve society’s greatest challenges. It is headquartered in Washington, DC and has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, as well as an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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