Pickens continues college advocacy as vice-chair of Southern Regional Education Board

College and career readiness on a local, state and national level continues to be a priority for St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens, J.D., as he expands his service to the Southern Regional Education Board, this time as the organization’s vice-chair.

Pickens, who has served on the SREB since 2009, was recently elected as the vice-chair for the nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with Florida and 15 other member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through higher education. The SREB works hand-in-hand with policy makers and educators, focusing on what works in both policy and practice.

Pickens was also selected to co-chair the SREB’s Community College Commission, where he and fellow commission members will focus on strategies with significant statewide potential such as improving affordability, broadening career pathways for middle grades and high schools, and increasing the numbers of credentials and degrees awarded at the college level. The key priority is to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials and enter careers that are in demand in their communities.

Additional commission members include Walter Bumphus, President of the American Association of Community Colleges and Randy Hanna, Chancellor of the Division of Florida Colleges.