Tala Khudairi

For nearly a decade I have been committed to establishing, transforming and leading successful interdisciplinary divisions in higher education. Recognized for my drive for excellence, my commitment to strategic collaboration and building a foundation upon common goals has resulted in an array of successes for 1) a multicultural, multinational, and diverse student base; 2) internally across all departments in the institution; 3) all academic and student affairs divisions (student enrollment and services, advising, website and marketing, registration, IT and library resources, institutional research); and 4) externally with educational institutions and industry partners.

I am currently the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at Roxbury Community College, the largest minority-serving institution of higher education in New England. I have actively built the division to become a STEM center of excellence, developed, managed, assessed and evaluated programs, and increased the number of direct reports (full time and adjunct faculty members and technical and support staff) by 160%; generated academic and technical opportunities for more than 2,500 students, thereby increasing recruitment, retention and graduation rates by an additional 10%; and managing over $4M in budget and grants, and most recently integral in being awarded with $20.7M to establish a Life Sciences Institute.

My passion is to create and facilitate opportunities for students and faculty to empower their lives through education and through synergistic partnerships with industry, universities, K-12 schools and the community. I have established and chaired the four Program Advisory Boards in my Division, and serve on several advisory boards for academic programs and state education initiatives. As a proud Iraqi immigrant, Arab-American- Muslim, I have been serving the Arab/Muslim community with my family all my life, including membership and teaching Arabic at the Islamic Center of Boston, Quincy and Wayland. We have participated and supported many Center for Arabic Culture (CAC) activities and events, including my children attending the Arabic School. It would be an honor to serve on the Board of CAC, where its mission resonates with my own, and where I may contribute with in many areas with my expertise and background in higher education leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, serving public institutions, and fund-raising/development. My desire is for continuous, preservation and promotion of our Arabic heritage and culture for our families and to the community at large and for sustainability and growth of organizations such as CAC.