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"Higher Educator of the Year" was born to teach--and lead

Loretta Ragsdell, an adjunct faculty member at the City Colleges of Chicago, likes to say she “was born with a textbook in one hand and a lesson plan in the other.” So it’s not surprising that she was recently honored as the first-ever National Council for Higher Education Higher Educator of the Year.

I’ve known Loretta, president of the part-time faculty union at CCC and a member of the NEA Board of Directors, for several years. When it comes to passion for students and public higher education, it’s hard to find someone as dedicated as she is. Throughout her career, Loretta has championed academic freedom and respect and fair wages for her colleagues.