Announcement: Search for NACCE's Next President & CEO
It has been a wonderful experience growing NACCE over the years and working with many of you in the process. After much thought, however, I am writing to let you know I will be stepping down as President & CEO of NACCE as soon as the right candidate is found, to be able to spend more time with my family. I am committed to a smooth transition and am confident in the board and staff as they continue to grow NACCE.
I can assure you that all is well and that this is simply a time of reflection and evaluation on my part to determine where to best spend my time going forward. In fact, NACCE has never been in a healthier financial position and I have appreciated the strong leadership and support from the Board. My children are about the same age as NACCE and, as I look five years or so into the future, I know that both the organization and my family will only need more attention going forward. With that in mind, I'm deciding to hand the leadership of NACCE over to capable hands that will continue to build on its strengths.
When I began my post in July 2005, NACCE was a program with Springfield Technical Community College. NACCE had no members, sponsors, or publications and was going into its 3rd annual conference with 188 in attendance. With $148,500 in the budget for that year, I was convinced that there was no place to go but up. It was the perfect startup.
With strong support from people like Mike Hennessy of the Coleman Foundation, we were able to put NACCE on the map. Inspired by Margaret Mead's words: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world indeed, it's the only thing that ever has," we were convinced that communities needed community colleges to embrace entrepreneurship education and of the need for the colleges to become entrepreneurial.
Now, in the 2015 fiscal year, NACCE has a nearly 1.5 million dollar budget representing over 2,000 members at over 300 community colleges. Growing a startup organization nearly 900% in nine years was no small effort. It has been an exhilarating, challenging, and amazing experience to grow an organization that furthers the role community colleges have taken on in support of entrepreneurship and job creation in their communities. Truly, we have walked our own talk!
Going forward, I will work to onboard the new President & CEO to ensure a smooth transition. I look forward to the continued success of NACCE for many years to come.
If you know of anyone that is ready to fill this role going forward please visit the application and overview of the role here.
Heather Van Sickle
President & CEO, NACCE