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Leila González Sullivan, EdD - Fielding Graduate University. New York, NY, US

Leila González Sullivan, EdD Leila González Sullivan, EdD

Adjunct Professor - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University


Experienced community college professional focused on leadership development, program evaluation, and community activism



Leila González Sullivan, EdD Publication







Leila González Sullivan Ed.D. began working as an adjunct instructor and New York cluster faculty facilitator at Fielding Graduate University in Fall 2008. She focuses on teaching qualitative research skills while supporting students’ doctoral work.

In 2009, Dr. González Sullivan retired from North Carolina State University, having held an endowed chair as the W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education in the Department of Adult and Higher Education. During her time as a professor at NCSU, her activities included work as Executive Director for the Department Chairs Institute; Executive Leadership Program; National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program; and the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE). Her research interests were centered on how people learn in training settings, evaluation of leadership programs, and emotional intelligence.

Prior to NCSU, Dr. Gonzalez Sullivan worked at the College Board in New York City as the Community College liaison. Before that, she spent over 30 years in community colleges. Her most recent position was President of the Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (formerly Essex Community College). She began her career as a developmental education reading and writing instructor.

She received a doctorate in vocational education from the University of Arkansas, and has attended a number of leadership training programs, including the National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD), which prepares women for executive positions in community colleges.

In addition, Dr. González Sullivan is a consultant specializing in leadership development and evaluation of training programs. She conducts workshops on topics such as campus climate, workforce development, diversity and gender issues, and the change process. Her latest publication is a chapter on reflective leadership that appeared in a recent issue of New Directions in Community Colleges. She has written numerous other scholarly articles, book reviews and proceedings. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Rome.

She chairs the Board of Trustees of the South Orange Maplewood (NJ) Community Coalition on Race, and helps out with Back Pack Pals, a program to provide weekend meals to food-insufficient children in our local schools.

Industry Expertise (6)



Program Development

Professional Training and Coaching

Training and Development

Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (6)

Community Colleges

Leadership Development

Change Management

Community Volunteerism

Program Development and Evaluation

Adult Education

Accomplishments (5)

Recipient, Woman of Valor Award (professional)

Touro College and University System (March 2016)

Recipient, Outstanding Extension Service Award (personal)

Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award; inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE), April 18, 2006

Recipient, 1998 President of the Year Award (professional)

American Association for Women in Community Colleges

Recipient, Trinity College Centennial Alumna Award (personal)

Awarded for Academic Excellence (May 1997)

Leadership Greater Hartford (professional)

Class of 1990 (A unit of a national leadership and service program)

Education (4)

University of Arkansas: EdD, Vocational Education 1979

University of Arkansas: EdS, Adult Education 1977

New York University: MA, Spanish Literature 1967

Trinity College (now Trinity University): BA, English 1965

Affiliations (7)

  • American University of Rome : Board of Trustees (2002-16) Trustee Emeritus (2016-present)
  • Ashford University San Diego CA : Member Board of Trustees (2016-present)
  • South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race : Chair Board of Trustees (2014-present)
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
  • American Association of Women in Community Colleges
  • National Community College Hispanic Council

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Spanish

Event Appearances (3)

Designer and Presenter, Civic Engagement Institute to train volunteers

Sponsored by South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race  Maplewood, NJ

Doctoral Education and the Public Good: Implications for Community College Leaders

National Community College Hispanic Council Annual Leadership Symposium  Long Beach, CA

Reconnecting the Disconnected Latino Student

NCCHC Annual Leadership Symposium  Miami, FL

Articles (5)

Preparing Reflective Community College Leaders in a Graduate Leadership Course Sage Publications

Sullivan, L. G. & Palmer, S. (2014). Community College Journal of Research and Practice

The Blogging College: A Case Study Stylus Publications

Sullivan, L.G. (2012). In C. Nevarez, J. L. Wood, & R. Penrose. Leadership Theory and the Community College: Applying Theory to Practice. Sterling, VA

Optimizing Volunteerism: A Handbook for Organizations and Individuals South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

Sullivan, L.G. (2012).

Book Review: Community College Leadership and Administration: Theory, Practice and Change Community College Review

Sullivan, L.G. (2011). 39, 319-32.

The Learning Landscape of Community Colleges Sage Publications

Lloyd-Pfahl, N., Sullivan, L. G. et al. (2010). In C. E. Kasworm, A. D. Rose, & J. M. Ross-Gordon (Eds.). Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education. Thousand Oaks, CA.