Tuesday, June 4, 2013

RSC President Named to American Association of Community Colleges Board

Dr. Bustamante to Help Guide Policy for Higher Education’s Largest Sector

Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a national organization representing the nation’s almost 1,200 two-year colleges and their more than 13 million students.

New board members were certified during AACC’s recent annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif., and will officially take office July 1, serving a three-year term. The 32 member AACC board governs association policy and helps guide strategic direction for national advocacy and other key functions of the Washington, D.C.-based organization.

“I am honored to serve with the members and leadership of the AACC Board,” said Dr. Bustamante. “The challenge today is to provide more students with access to higher education and then see them through to completion. That means that we will have to think differently about how we deliver higher education and create innovative solutions to achieve that goal.”

Dr. Bustamante is the president of the largest of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix and one of the largest public online colleges in the nation. He is a well-known advocate for increasing access to higher education and degree completion, and for forging transformational partnerships with business, government, and other educational providers.

The selection of new board members infuses new energy into the association’s leadership and comes during a key time for community colleges, say its leaders.

“America’s community colleges represent the hope of brighter futures for millions of people today and are keeping the dream of postsecondary education affordable,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of AACC. “Our new board members are joining us during a pivotal time, as community colleges are being asked to double the number of students completing degrees and other postsecondary credentials and to train significantly more workers to meet the needs of employers throughout the nation.”

Institutionally elected board members:
Ronnie Booth, president, Tri-County Technical College (Pendleton, S.C.)
E. Ann McGee, president, Seminole State College of Florida (Sanford, Fla.)
Dan Phelan, president, Jackson Community College (Jackson, Mich.)
Cheryl Roberts, president and CEO, Chemeketa Community College (Salem, Ore.)
Carol Spalding, president, Rowan Cabarrus Community College (Salisbury, N.C.)
Lori Sundberg, president, Carl Sandburg Community College (Galesburg, Ill.)

The Institutional At-Large representative is: Eloy Oakley, superintendent/president, Long Beach City College (Long Beach, Calif.)

The Public At-Large representative is: Carrie Billy, executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (Alexandria, Va.)

The Affiliated Council representatives are: Chris Bustamante, president, Rio Salado College (Tempe, Ariz.), and Mary Rittling, president, Davidson County Community College (Lexington, N.C.)

Twenty-four board members are elected by AACC’s institutional membership (18 institutional representatives and six affiliated council representatives). Six are elected by the board itself (three institutional at-large members and three public at-large members) and represent constituencies such as boards of trustees, business or government.


About AACC
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community, junior, and technical colleges and their over 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges, visit www.aacc.nche.edu.

About Rio Salado College
Rio Salado College was established in 1978 by the Maricopa County Community College District to provide the next step in education for non-traditional students. The college, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, serves more than 67,000 students annually. In addition to providing high-quality instruction for 100+ degree and certificate pathways, Rio Salado is dedicated to providing flexible, affordable access through; adult basic education, collaborative partnerships, early college initiatives and online learning.