Cynthia Reed named presidential administrative fellow

Cynthia Reed, professor and director of the Truman Pierce Institute in the College of Education has been named the presidential administrative fellow for the spring 2011 semester.

The Presidential Administrative Fellowship Program provides senior administrative experience to faculty, providing them the opportunity to appreciate and understand higher education administration. The fellow proposes and develops a plan and will dedicate the semester to a special project.

In her project, “Developing University-Community Collaborations for a Better Alabama,” Reed wants to develop and enhance networks that increase Auburn University’s visibility, reputation and capacity to identify and collaboratively address educational, economic and community problems. Her plan is to host a series of community forums that will address the concerns and needs of Alabama citizens and community educational and business leaders.

“My project was designed to draw upon previous work creating partnerships and engaging community members,” Reed said. “These forums will be focused on learning more about current issues and challenges facing communities so that we can identify ways that Auburn University’s academic, research and outreach scholarship efforts can better address these needs.”

Reed said she hopes her project will lead to partnerships with other higher education institutions in the state, developing the groundwork for future collaborations to address the needs of Alabama citizens.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Gogue, Dr. Mazey and others during this semester-long fellowship as I further develop my own administrative and leadership skills,” Reed said.