Hubble Receives MCCA Leadership Award
William Hubble, district division dean of health sciences at St. Louis Community College, received the Administrative Professional Leadership Award (large school division) from the Missouri Community College Association at the organization’s annual convention held in Kansas City Nov. 9.
The award is presented annually to a member of the MCCA's Administrative Professional department who has demonstrated exemplary leadership practices within their college and throughout the community. Recipients exceed expectations for campus involvement and for advancing the mission of community colleges throughout the state and have exemplary records of service in professional and civic organizations.
Hubble has provided strong leadership for the growth of health sciences and for the addition of a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care at St. Louis Community College. More than 1,000 students currently are enrolled in STLCC health sciences programs.
“I am honored to receive this award from the MCCA. It represents the hard work and dedication of all the administrators, faculty, staff and students that surround me at STLCC,” he said. “We are all committed to the mission of the College and to meeting the health care needs of our community. Working in collaboration with our external health care partners, we will continue our expansion through STLCC Transformed. The need for health care professionals is great and together we are rising to meet that need.”
Hubble also has been instrumental in the expansion of STLCC’s nursing program. STLCC now offers nursing at its four main campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood. STLCC offers the most cost-effective nursing education in the region and continues to expand. Enrollment is expected to surpass 800 students per year by 2026. Approximately 260 nurses graduate each year; nearly 84% of STLCC’s nursing graduates pass the state board exam, five points above the national average.
Ground was broken at Florissant Valley in July for a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences, and construction also is underway for a new Center for Health Sciences and Technology at Wildwood. Both projects are part of STLCC Transformed, a nearly half-billion-dollar initiative that aims to modernize facilities and programming to meet the job training and retraining demands of Missouri.
Hubble is presently working on plans to expand many other health science programs. He works closely with industry partners to grow those relationships at every level. He has participated in Leadership Missouri and is part of the Missouri Hospital Association.
Hubble holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University. He earned both his master’s degree in health services management and bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from Webster University.
Other Award Winners
STLCC graduate Shawntelle Fisher received a Distinguished Alumni Award from MCCA. In 2012, she founded The SoulFisher Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to respond to the needs of youth with incarcerated parents and to promote restorative justice for those currently or formerly incarcerated. As chief executive officer, Fisher is committed to educating and empowering young people to succeed in life, re-establishing broken lives and homes through education, job training and employment, computer literacy, and transitional housing; and re-empowering formerly incarcerated women to be productive influences in their family and community and to help break the cycle of the school-to-prison pipeline.
The PepsiCo Foundation received an MCCA Distinguished Business & Industry Award. This award is presented to individuals and/or businesses that have engaged in significant partnerships with their local community college to stimulate economic activity and support students and programs.
Responding to the need for improved access to higher education for all, in 2022 the PepsiCo Foundation partnered with STLCC to establish the PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship program, through a $500,000 grant award. This relationship with PepsiCo has helped enhance the College’s efforts in the community that are focused on combating historical barriers for potential students by offering accessible and equitable education, and addressing challenges related to retention, completion and workforce readiness. As a direct result of this partnership, 80 PepsiCo Scholars annually receive scholarship funding.