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About the Principals

Richard Alfred is Professor of Higher Education in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan.

Patricia Carter is Executive Director of the Center for Community College Development.


Working as a team, they spend much of their time with community colleges throughout the nation helping them to build capacity through organizational transformation.

Pat and Dick are nationally and internationally recognized writers, researchers, speakers and consultants. Both began their careers as Sociology instructors at community colleges and went on to serve in a variety of administrative roles in student services, community relations, research and planning, academic affairs and finance. Dick held administrative positions at Cuyahoga Community College and the Metropolitan Community College District in Kansas City before becoming Vice President of Finance, Planning and Management at New York City Community College. Pat held administrative posts as Dean of Students, Campus Dean, and Vice President Academic at Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario from 1976-1990 before becoming Executive Director of the Consortium for Community College Development in 1991, which became the Center for Community College Development in 2005.