Byron McClenney has enjoyed a 55-year career as an educator, including almost 33 years as a community college chief executive. He currently serves as Director of Student Success Initiatives in the Community College Leadership Program of the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his service as National Director of Coaching for Achieving the Dream, he has served as a consultant to institutions, state higher education systems, state governments, and professional associations in 47 states and internationally.
McClenney’s numerous publications and speaking engagements have focused on strategic planning, organizational development, institutional effectiveness, leadership, and developmental education. He served on President Clinton’s Steering Committee for America Reads/America Counts and on several commissions of the American Council on Education. He received the 2011 AACC Leadership Award, the 2002 PBS O’Banion Prize for contributions to teaching and learning in America, and the 2000 Hesburgh Award for the Community College of Denver, where he served for 14 years. All of his degrees were awarded by UT for work completed in the College of Education.