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Voorhees’ Provost Dr. Damara Hightower Mitchell Selected for Executive Leadership Academy

Denmark, SC – Voorhees’ Provost and Vice President, Dr. Damara Hightower Mitchell has been selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). This yearlong program is jointly sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). Dr. Hightower-Mitchell was one of 36 chosen from a competitive pool of applicants. 

Dr. Hightower-Mitchell came to Voorhees in 2020 as the Founding Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation. She was appointed Voorhees Provost and Vice President in 2021. Since her appointment, her focus has been on amplifying the contributions and scholarship of Voorhees University Faculty and staff, increasing the breadth and depth of experiential and integrative learning experiences for Voorhees students, and fortifying the infrastructure of new programs and academic services for continued growth and expansion.

Her credentials include a Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and supervision K-12 from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education from Benedict College.

ELA prepares experienced provosts and vice presidents to move to positions of greater responsibility, including presidencies. Since 2009, more than 100 participants who completed the ELA program have been appointed as presidents or chancellors, and many more have advanced to other senior positions.

“CIC is deeply committed to developing talented leaders for our diverse campuses,” said CIC President Marjorie Haas. “The ELA program meets these challenges by bringing together engaged and emerging leaders and providing them with the community, network, skills, and knowledge they need to transform higher education in ways that serve students and communities.”

About Voorhees University



Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.

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