Dr. Carol W. Eaton, President of Daytona State College
A career champion for public higher education, Dr. Carol Eaton took the reins at Daytona State College in August 2011 as the institution’s sixth president. She is the first female to hold the post in the college’s 50-plus years.
Dr. Eaton brings to the institution an extensive leadership background in the public community college sector. Her areas of expertise include policy formulation, budget management, business partnerships, personnel administration, strategic planning, organizational structuring and collaborative shared governance.
Prior to joining Daytona State, Dr. Eaton was president of Frederick Community College in Frederick, Md., where she implemented multiple cycles of strategic planning, managed significant budget cuts in the face of 30 percent enrollment growth over four years, and successfully completed a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign. She also oversaw three building projects and developed an orientation program for new members of the Frederick Community College Board of Trustees.
An equal advocate for workforce partnerships and academic transfer programs, Dr. Eaton also served as chancellor for the Office of Community Colleges at the State University of New York (SUNY), implementing a five-year strategic plan, as well as policies that improved the ability of students to transfer from community colleges to senior SUNY institutions. She also helped enhance workforce partnerships between SUNY’s community colleges and the New York Department of Labor.
From September 2000 until May 2004, Dr. Eaton was president of Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, N.Y. There, she managed a student enrollment increase of 45 percent over three years and helped increase annual donations to the college’s foundation by 20 percent.
She has more than a decade of experience teaching mathematics and statistics, and has held senior-level academic officer positions at Manchester Community College, Conn., where she was dean of academic affairs, and SUNY Cobleskill, N.Y., where she was associate vice president for academic affairs.
During her career, she has presented at numerous conferences and has been published on topics that largely focus on leadership, workforce development and student retention.
In 2010, Dr. Eaton received the national Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for her support of the honorary society’s mission and local chapter. That same year, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record, one of the state’s most widely circulated newspapers.
A past board member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and past president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Eaton serves on numerous national and regional boards. They include the AACC Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; Higher Education Research & Development Institute Advisory Board; Community Colleges for International Development Board of Directors; Florida State University College of Medicine Community Board; and the Florida Council of Presidents.
Dr. Eaton holds a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. from SUNY Albany and an A.A.S. degree from SUNY Cobleskill.