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NCFDD Named #7 Fastest Growing Education Company by Inc Magazine

Thursday, August 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Detroit-Based National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Named One of Fastest Growing Companies in United States


Detroit, Mich. – Inc. Magazine has named the Detroit-based National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity one of the fastest growing companies in the United States and the second fastest growing company in Detroit. These rankings are based on an astonishing three-year growth rate of 529 percent.


Established by its current Chief Executive Officer Kerry Ann Rockquemore in 2010, the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of more than 73,000 graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and faculty members at more than 450 colleges and universities nationwide.


“We are deeply honored to receive such incredible recognition from Inc. Magazine,” says Rockquemore. “The growth of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity mirrors the great energy, innovation and purposefulness that are resonating throughout the city of Detroit right now. We are proud as well to be able to underscore the importance of education in this rebirth and to provide services to so many of the great up-and-coming academic minds not only here in the Detroit area but across the country.”


Inc. Magazine also recognized the Center as the 836th fastest growing company in the United States on its Inc. 5000 list. With revenue of $2.9 million in 2014, the Center also ranked 7th in the magazine’s list of top education companies, 9th in the Detroit Metro area and the 2nd fastest growing company in Detroit.


The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity grew out of Rockquemore’s own experiences as a woman of color seeking tenure at a major university. After overcoming those challenges on her own through trial, error and undeniable tenacity, the former professor of sociology and African-American studies left her position at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2009 to establish the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.


The goal of the Center is to help young academics – particularly women and scholars of color – find a smoother path toward tenure, providing them with the education, training, resources and support they need to successfully navigate the unique challenges of securing a position in higher education. The Center offers on-campus workshops as well as professional development training covering such topics as grant writing, managing a research laboratory, preparing a tenure file and more. In addition, the Center offers a comprehensive, dynamic and intensive mentoring program that matches members with faculty success coaches.


For more information on the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, please visit


For more information on the Inc. 5000 rankings or to schedule an interview with Kerry Ann Rockquemore, please contact Joan Frank at B Frank Communications at 248-330-0001.


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