For more than thirty years R. Wayne Branch, PhD counseled and advised students, parents, educators and policy makers across the United States. His accomplishments, particularly in the area of strengthening connections between education and training and jobs and careers have increased students rates of success and earned him regional and national recognition. His published articles, conference appearances and mentorship of future leaders has informed colleges’, universities’ and training programs’ efforts to increase the number, and diversity, of students who are prepared for the jobs and careers available.
His positions include director of counseling and career service, Dutchess Community College; vice president for student affairs, Community College of Philadelphia; president, Community College of Baltimore County Essex; and president, Clark College (Vancouver, WA). He has taught at Duquesne University, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Towson University. He earned a bachelor’s in sociology from West Virginia State College. The University of Pittsburgh granted his master’s and doctoral degrees in counselor education.
A former W.K. Kellogg Leadership Fellow and Facilitator of the Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, a national effort increasing the diversity of community college presidents and chancellors, his commitment to access and equity brought tangible results to his philosophical beliefs. Dr. Branch has served on numerous boards and task forces, including but not limited to the National Association of Community Colleges board, and the American Council on Education’s Commission on Access and Equity in Higher Education.