Felicia Lorraine Ganther hails from Los Angeles, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she is in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development. Felicia has previously served in various capacities at both the university and community college levels; currently serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the Maricopa County Community College District. In addition to her work in student affairs, Felicia is an adjunct instructor for Speech, Interpersonal/ Group communication, and Higher Educational law courses.
Felicia is active with regional and national level professional activities. She has previously served as Committee Chair for the Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers Association, president of the Skyway Athletic Conference as well as a member of the American College Personnel Association’s Community College learning community. Felicia also worked closely with initiatives developed through the NASPA Conference on College Men and the Midwest First Year Experience Conference. In addition to participating in national initiatives, Felicia has worked with Cengage Publishing to evaluate textbooks for first year courses at community colleges.
Felicia is also active within the local community she serves. She participates in the Phoenix “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, serves as the Vice Chair of Congressman Ruben Gallego’s African American Advisory Council, and serves on the State of Black Arizona’s Board. Through her role with MCCCD, she has supported community partnerships that range from One-n-Ten to Dress for Success, as well as direct work with local churches and service organizations to promote educational opportunities to families across the District.
Felicia has extensive experience in Student Life, Crisis Management, Retention initiatives, Strategic Planning, Academic Quality Improvement and first-year student programs. She has received the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience’s National Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award as well as a Proclamation from the Illinois State Senate for her work with the retention of first year students. She has a passion for helping students reach their intended goals through crafting meaningful and intentional programs, services, and initiatives.
Crafting meaningful and intentional programs in her current role has resulted in the development of the Male Empowerment Network. As an expansion of the District’s Minority Male Initiative, Felicia developed 10 campus chapters to provide academic and social support to male students at the Maricopa Colleges. This Network is dedicated to making sure that male students Connect to the College, Commit to participating in MEN, and that they Complete their intended academic goals. Additionally, Felicia has embarked on creating and sustaining efforts that support veteran students, foster youth, and minority female students. Similarly, Felicia has worked to improve and enhance services across the Maricopa Community College District through aligning all district office early college and outreach programs, facilitating the District’s Strategic Enrollment, and synergizing the student success initiatives under a district-wide effort. Finally, Felicia has facilitated the investigation and implementation of the Maricopa Community College’s new branding system, website realignment, and system-wide enrollment process.