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National Council for Higher Education

Your advocate for higher education.
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Membership | Join NCHE Now!

NCHE’s 2023-24 membership drive is up and running! Please join or renew today.

Individual NEA members working in or retired from higher ed may become members of NCHE, and other NEA members may become associate members. Further, NCHE welcomes higher ed affiliates as organizational members. All of these memberships ensure that NCHE can continue to lobby for the interests of our 130,000 NEA higher education members.

Please encourage your colleagues and your organizations to join NCHE. Together we are stronger and our voices can be heard.

To join:


Please consider submitting nominations for NCHE’s James Davenport Memorial Award. Nominations will be accepted through 11:59pm EST, Friday, January 26, 2024. The application form may be found here.

James Davenport (1938 – 1989) was the first president of the National Council for Higher Education. A faculty member at the Washentaw Community College, Michigan, he worked tirelessly for over two decades for higher education faculty and programs within the NEA and internationally. His dedication to the higher education community and belief that all educators must work together as one family are memorialized in this award. The award will presented at the NEA Higher Education Conference in Atlanta, GA, March 14-17, 2024. The recipient will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $1,000.

NCHE Executive Committee

Meet your 2023-24 NCHE Executive Committee!
DeWayne Sheaffer

DeWayne Sheaffer, NCHE President

Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA [email protected]
Alec Thomson

Alec Thomson, Ph.D., NCHE Vice President

Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI [email protected]
Marcia Mackey

Marcia Mackey, Ph.D., NCHE Secretary

Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI [email protected]
Suzanne Sublette

Suzanne Sublette, Ph.D., NCHE Treasurer

Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI [email protected]
Andrew Sako

Andrew Sako, NCHE Membership Chair

Erie Community College City Campus, Buffalo, NY [email protected]
Philippe Abraham

Philippe Abraham, NCHE Member-At-Large

University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY [email protected]
Candice Shivers

Candice Shivers, NCHE Member-At-Large

Mount Wachusett Community College, Webster, MA [email protected]
Vivian Zimmerman

Vivian Zimmerman, NCHE Member-At-Large

Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL [email protected]
Roxanne Wright Watson

Roxanne Wright Watson, Ph.D., NCHE Member-At-Large

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Reading, PA [email protected]
National Education Association

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