College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Leadership
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Gale Alumni Spotlight


Gale "Vickie" Medley

Management Analyst/Professional Developer

Ed.D Higher and Adult Education 2010

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Leadership Alumni: Dr. James Selbe

Dr. James (Jim) E. Selbe
President/CEO
Hopkinsville Community College, Hopkinsville, KY
Master of Science, Dec. 1984
Doctor of Education, Dec. 1995

Why did you choose Higher and Adult Education?

It fit perfectly with my career aspirations. I had been working in higher education administration and wanted to know more about becoming completely versed in all aspects of higher education.

How did this degree prepare you or improve your preparation for your current role?

It thoroughly equipped me for the highest levels of college administration and to effectively serve on national education advocacy groups. Not just the theory, which was important, but to also look at the very pragmatic aspects of higher education. I had an opportunity to study under professors who knew first-hand what it takes to be successful at the highest levels of administration.

What impact has your degree had on your life or career?

Without being overly dramatic, it changed my life. Without my degree there was a clearly delineated glass ceiling. By obtaining the doctorate, I was empowered to successfully pursue both a vice-presidency and presidency. It has given me the confidence to face the many challenges that come every day in the president's position.

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