Sierra College VP honored with prestigious award

By: Gold Country Media
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In spring 2018, the statewide association for California Community Colleges Chief Student Services Officers (CSSOs) initiated a “Distinguished CSSO” award to recognize the leadership, expertise and accomplishments of student services leaders within the Community College system.

Sierra College Vice-President of Student Services, Mandy Davies, was the first in the system to receive this award and recognition.

Upon learning of the award, a colleague remarked, “I’m not at all surprised Mandy got honored in this way.

“She has a willingness to make calculated risks to benefit students,” according to the colleague. “She is a trailblazer who gives us the confidence and empowers us to try new things and innovate. She demonstrates true passion for students and the community college system as a whole.”

Since 1991, Davies has a highly successful career with Sierra College marked by noteworthy achievements.

As a campus leader, Davies has earned a reputation for her innovative, forward-thinking strategies.

Through her efforts, Sierra College is recognized as a statewide model for providing comprehensive veterans services and for re-engineering processes through Guided Pathways, which will streamline educational process for students and help them successfully complete goals.

Davies credits her team at the college for her successes.

“I do believe in bringing our best forward and inviting people to the table who are smarter, brighter and more passionate than you,” Davies said. “They hear me, they understand vision of where I want to go, and they are the ones that bring it to reality.”

Davies’ commitment to students goes beyond her district. During her six years on the California Community Colleges Chief Student Services Officers board, including a term as president in 2008-2009, Davies advocated for the statewide Community College system.

She serves on key statewide committees dedicated to positive and groundbreaking change. Her extensive participation includes appearing before legislators and other leaders to ensure that the changes evolve from concept to reality.

In reference to her work locally and on the statewide level to implement Guided Pathways, Davies said, “I have never felt more passionate, more convicted, more certain that there is so much more that we can do together for our students.”