Education Summit 2015


Presented by the Mobile County Education Commission

The Role of Post-Secondary Education in Improving Educational Attainment for All Students

The 2015 Education Summit addressed accomplishments and challenges around improving post-secondary attainment for all students. We thank our keynote speaker, Dr. Gregory G. Fitch, Executive Director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education for setting the tone and providing data that was both encouraging and eye opening. The distinguished higher education panelists provided insight into how they are removing barriers to post-secondary educational attainment. The respondents, Martha Peek and Dr. Charles Nash, both were encouraged by what they heard throughout the day and both shared their sentiments that only through partnerships will educational attainment for all students be achieved. The student panel reminded the audience about the importance of the work and shared their individual stories of challenges and successes. Carolyn Akers issued a Call to Action challenging our community to double the number of credentials/degrees attained in Mobile County by 2030. Dr. Richard Hayes closed the day by drawing an analogy between our ability to increase post-secondary attainment for all and the athletic system of the game known so well in the state of Alabama…football!

For your convenience, below you will find links to presentations provided by Dr. Richard Hayes and Dr. Gregory Fitch.

Sponsored by: Mobile Area Education Foundation, University of South Alabama-College of Education, Mobile County Public School System, J.L. Bedsole Foundation and United Way of Southwest Alabama

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
USA Mitchell Center

We appreciate those who attended the summit and would love to hear from you! Please take a moment to take a short, 10 question, post-summit feedback survey.



8:30 AM

9:00 AM
Dr. Richard L. Hayes, Dean, College of Education, 
University of South Alabama ((PRESENTATION: Dr. Richard Hayes))

9:15 AM

Dr. Gregory G. Fitch, Executive Director, Alabama Commission on Higher Education  (PRESENTATION: Dr. Gregory Fitch)

Document: Alabama State Plan for Alabama Higher Education

10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Dr. Bree A. Hayes, CEO/President, The Hayes Group Consulting

Dr. Mark Heinrich, Chancellor, AL Community College System 
Father Gregory F. Lucey, President, Spring Hill College
Dr. Latitia McCane, Dean, Bishop State Community College 
Dr. Tony Waldrop, President University of South Alabama 

11:30 AM
Dr. Charles NashVice Chancellor, University of Alabama System 

Ms. Martha Peek, Superintendent, Mobile County Public School System 

12:00 PM
High School and College Student Panel
Alia Phillips, Evening Education Options Program Student
Meredith Uzel, Mary G. Montgomery High School/Superintendent Student Advisory Council
Lindsey Estes, University of South Alabama, College of Education Student

12:15 PM
CALL TO ACTION                      

Mrs. Carolyn R. AkersCEO, Mobile Area Education Foundation

12:30 PM