Dr. Terry O’Banion was President of the League for Innovation in the Community College for 23 years until his retirement. Under his leadership the League became an international organization serving over 700 colleges recognized by Change magazine in 1998 as “the most dynamic organization in the community college world.” Since retirement O’Banion has worked on special projects for the League for Innovation, MetLife Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Chauncey Group International, and Walden University.
In honor of his decades of service to education, four national awards have been established in his name: the Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award created by Microsoft; the Terry O’Banion Prize for Teaching and Learning created by Educational Testing Service; the Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Award created by the National Council on Student Development; and the O’Banion Leadership Scholarship for $25,000 created by Walden University.
In a survey of 11,000 higher education leaders reported in Change magazine in January 1998, Terry O’Banion was named one of eleven “Idea Champions” who set the agenda for all of higher education—and the only community college leader on the list.
O’Banion has consulted in more than 800 community colleges in the United States and Canada. He is one of the leading spokespersons in the country on the Learning College and on the Completion Agenda. He has keynoted state-wide conferences on the Learning Revolution and the Learning College in Illinois, Florida, California, Hawaii, Arkansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, and Louisiana; in the provinces of Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario; and in Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan.
Author of 14 books and over 170 monographs, chapters, and articles on the community college, his 1997 book, A Learning College for the 21st Century, was awarded the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education. His most recent book, Focus on Learning: A Learning College Reader, co-edited with Cynthia Wilson, was published by the League for Innovation in 2010.
O’Banion has served as a dean of students at Central Florida Community College, founding dean at Santa Fe Community College (FL), and vice chancellor for education for the Dallas County Community College District. He has been a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Illinois; Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Texas; Visiting Professor at Berkeley, Florida State, Hawaii, and Toronto; the Marie Y. Roberts Endowed Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Texas; and a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Antioch University McGregor School of Management.