Dr. Charles Nwankwo is a student-centered community college professional with twenty-four years of broad experience in three community college districts in the States of Texas, Louisiana, and Arizona. For the last five years, Charles has been employed by Chandler Gilbert Community College (CGCC), a member college of the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD). During his employment at CGCC, he served as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Interim Vice President of Administrative Services and currently serves as the Vice President of Technology and Business Partnerships. Previously, Charles was employed by SOWELA Technical Community College (SOWELA), Louisiana as the Chief Information Resources and Technology Officer, with responsibility for the following: online education, Center for Excellence Learning and Teaching, Library and Learning Resources, Institutional Research and Information Technology. Before SOWELA, he held various staff roles at Houston Community College, Texas. Charles also has 20 years of teaching experience as an adjunct instructor at various community colleges.
Charles is passionate about community college education, with its open access mission, student success, and commitment to equity for all students. He has a proven record of success as a visionary and true servant leader committed to expanding access, promoting student success, shared governance, utilizing data-informed decision-making, and promoting partnerships with community organizations and businesses. He believes in building a strong collaborative, cooperative, team-centered environment. Charles’ leadership style is rooted in the core values that include authenticity, courtesy, integrity, respect, trust, and personal growth.
Charles is active in national and local organizations. He has served on American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Academics and Student Success. He participated in AACC Workforce Development Institute; White House Summit on Educational Excellence for Minority Students and East Valley Partnership’s Education and Business Committee.
He is a graduate of the Lakin Mentored Leadership program, The League for Innovation Executive Leadership Institute and the AACC Future Leaders Institute. Charles holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Biology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas. Charles is proud to say that he is a product of the Community College education, where he graduated with an Associate of Science Degree from Houston Community College.