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TCC and President Jim Murdaugh are finalists for national award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 30, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College and its president Jim Murdaugh are finalists for a national Award of Excellence to be presented by the American Association of Community Colleges.


Murdaugh is one of four finalists in the Emerging Leadership category, recognizing his efforts to encourage and develop new and emerging leaders at the College. The winners in all six categories will be announced on April 7, 2014, at the AACC National Convention held in Washington, DC.


According to the AACC, the awards program is tied to the recommendations of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, a blue-ribbon group of education experts. The award finalists “have put those recommendations into action and have made differences in the lives of the students on campus and the members of their community,” said a news release from the AACC.

Leadership development has flourished at TCC since Murdaugh became president in November 2010. At the time of his appointment, the core leadership development program for faculty and staff, Leadership TCC, had been dormant for five years. Murdaugh revived it in 2011 and then expanded it by adding Advanced Leadership TCC in 2012.

“From the first, Jim made it clear that he believed the College would thrive if he created an environment in which faculty and staff feel empowered to apply their talents, implement creative solutions to problems, and contribute their own vision to the overall mission of the College,” said Eugene Lamb, chair of the TCC District Board of Trustees, in his letter nominating Murdaugh for the award.


For information, contact Alice Maxwell at (850) 201-6049 or


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