Outstanding Community College Leaders Receive Regional Awards

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2016 ACCT Regional Awards Recipients Announced; Regional Awardees Compete for National-level Recognition Friday, October 7, 2016 at the ACCT Annual Leadership Congress in New Orleans

The 2016 awardees are among the best we've seen, reflecting our colleges' tireless commitment to helping students succeed.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Regional Awards for community college trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff members. The 2016 ACCT Awards are sponsored by MOEHLA and EdFinancial Services.

ACCT's Regional Awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities.

"Community colleges are uniquely committed to open-access, high-quality higher education for all Americans, as well as a vital pipeline to the jobs that support communities and keep our country going strong, said ACCT Chair and Alamo Colleges Trustee Roberto Zárate. "This year's regional awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs across this great nation."

"Identifying and recognizing outstanding community college leaders is a highlight of our year," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "The 2016 awardees are among the best we've seen, reflecting our colleges' tireless commitment to helping students succeed. Congratulations to all of this year's awards recipients."

The full list of awardees follows.

2016 ACCT Regional Awardees

*2016 Trustee Leadership Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION
Diane Gallagher
Highland Community College, Ill.

NORTHEAST REGION
Kevin Doyle
Howard Community College, Md.

PACIFIC REGION
Gail Miller
Salt Lake Community College, Utah

SOUTHERN REGION
Paul Batson, III
Greenville Technical College, S.C.

WESTERN REGION
John Patrick
Eastern Wyoming College, Wyo.

*2016 ACCT Regional Equity Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION
College of Lake County, Ill.

NORTHEAST REGION
Hudson County Community College, N.J.

SOUTHERN REGION
Greenville Technical College, S.C.

PACIFIC REGION
Highline College, Wash.

WESTERN REGION
El Paso Community College, Texas

*2016 ACCT Regional Chief Executive Officer Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION
James Jacobs
Macomb Community College, Mich.

NORTHEAST REGION
Jerome Parker
Delaware County Community College, Pa.

PACIFIC REGION
Michele Johnson
Pierce College District, Wash.

SOUTHERN REGION
J. David Armstrong
Broward College, Fla.

WESTERN REGION
Jane Karas
Flathead Valley Community College, Mont.

*2016 ACCT Regional Faculty Member Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION
Shannon Peake Fiene
Minnesota State College and Universities, Minn.

NORTHEAST REGION
Bill Baker
Rockland Community College, N.Y.

PACIFIC REGION
Corrinne Sande
Whatcom Community College, Wash.

SOUTHERN REGION
Heidi Marshall
Florida State College at Jacksonville, Fla.

WESTERN REGION
Liz Ann Báez Aguilar
Alamo Colleges (San Antonio College), Texas

*2016 ACCT Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION
Linda Poma
Mott Community College, Mich.

NORTHEAST REGION
Linda Emmerich
Howard Community College, Md.

PACIFIC REGION
Lisa Rose
Santa Monica College, Calif.

WESTERN REGION
Debbie Novak
Colorado Mountain College, Co.

Regional ACCT Awards were announced, one region per day, from August 1-5 via ACCT's Twitter account. Be among the first to know: Follow us @CCTrustees.

Individuals and colleges recognized at the regional level will contend for the national-level recognition of the following ACCT Association Awards:

  • 2016 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award;
  • 2016 Charles Kennedy Equity Award;
  • 2016 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award;
  • 2016 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award; and
  • 2016 ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Award.

One outstanding award recipient in each category will be announced during the Annual ACCT Awards Gala on Friday, October 7 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, in conjunction with the 47th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress.

ABOUT ACCT
Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit http://www.acct.org.

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