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create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
03-22-2010 -- CCAC President Alex Johnson elected to AACC board
PITTSBURGH-Alex Johnson, PhD, president of the Community College
of Allegheny County (CCAC), has been elected to the Board of
Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Dr. Johnson and other newly elected members will be certified at
the AACC Board meeting April 17 in Seattle and will serve a
three-year term beginning July 1.
"As community colleges continue to become more important in
training and providing a skilled workforce for the future of our
nation, Dr. Johnson's AACC Board position will give CCAC an
opportunity to participate in shaping national policy," said Thomas
Santone, chair of the CCAC Board of Trustees. "We look forward to
the opportunity to participate and contribute through him."
When he began as CCAC's eighth president in 2008, Dr. Johnson
became the first African American in the role. As head of this
public institution serving nearly 65,000 students annually, Dr.
Johnson is concentrating on seven key initiatives. These include
emphasizing the importance of the college's 10 campuses and centers
as part of a one-college whole, focusing on a learning-centered
environment and leading the effort to address the region's
workforce and economic development needs.
He is also strengthening CCAC's commitment to diversity,
expanding recognition of the college's regional impact as college
of first choice and focusing on building and updating facilities
needed for innovative learning. Finally, Dr. Johnson is working to
strengthen the college's financial position through effective and
efficient budget management processes and the expansion of existing
and new revenue streams.
He serves on the boards of WQED Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania
Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Hill House
Association, Campus Compact, KAPPA Education Foundation and Youth
Places. He is a member of the Youth Futures Commission and the
University of Pittsburgh Workforce Development Policy Committee.
Nationally, he serves on the boards of National Campus Compact and
the National Advisory Board for the Community College Survey of
Dr. Johnson has been named a 2008 New Pittsburgh
Courier Man of Excellence, Phi Theta Kappa's President of the
Year, a Frank G. Jackson Visionary and Innovator of the Year by the
League for Innovation.
Dr. Johnson has published and presented extensively on topics
concerning higher education administration. He earned a doctorate
from the Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree from
Lehman College and a bachelor's degree from Winston-Salem State
University. He completed the Executive Leadership Institute of the
League for Innovation and the Management Development Program at
Harvard University. He was an ACE Fellow. He previously served as
chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans,
The American Association of Community Colleges has, over four
decades, become the leading proponent and the national voice for
community colleges. Led by a 32-member board of directors, the
association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate
degree-granting institutions and more than 11 million students. The
colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher
education, enrolling close to half (46 percent) of all U.S.
undergraduates. AACC membership also includes a growing number of
international institutions in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain,
Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.
Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in
Washington, D.C., AACC is the primary advocacy organization for
community colleges at the national level and works closely with
directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy.
In addition, AACC is a member of "The Six" large, presidentially
based associations and collaborates with a wide range of entities
within the higher education community to monitor and influence
federal policy and to collaborate on issues of common
interest. The association has ongoing interaction with key
federal departments and agencies including the U.S. departments of
Labor, Education, Energy, Homeland Security and Commerce and the
National Science Foundation.
About CCACThe Community College of Allegheny County is the largest
institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The
college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and
certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning
non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students
annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed
to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach
through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered
via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four
campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding
communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide
affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse
and supportive learning environment that prepares the region's
residents for academic, professional and personal success in our
changing global society.