More than 50 years ago, two men on a train made a stop at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to share their vision for community colleges. Thus began a partnership that has advanced the community college mission by supporting the visionary leaders at the helm of AACC from 1958 to 2010.
In April 2011, W.K. Kellogg and AACC commemorated its long collaboration—and honored the four men who guided AACC and community colleges through half a century—with the publication of Legacy of Leadership: Profiles of the Presidents of the American Association of Community Colleges, 1958–2010. Drawing primarily from interviews and personal communications with the presidents themselves, this book concentrates on the special role AACC and its leaders played in the dramatic creation and expansion of a new option in higher education.
From left: George R. Boggs, Edmund J. Gleazer, Jr., Dale P. Parnell, and David R. Pierce at “A Century of Community Colleges in America” conference, University of North Texas, 2001.
Click on the links to read the chapter of the book devoted to each AACC president.
“This account will become an archival treasure of the evolution of AACC and of the process enriching the lives of countless individuals, families, and communities, fulfilling beyond measure W.K. Kellogg’s belief that education offers the greatest opportunity for really improving one generation over another.”
—Russell G. Mawby, Chairman Emeritus, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
“Now, at last, we have an authentic review of the amazing saga of the AACC’s growth and influence, through the eyes of its presidents. In this book, the reader will learn of the difficulty in achieving this feat and of the steadfastness and strength of those who prevailed in the monumental struggle to build America’s community colleges.”
—Robert E. Kinsinger, Vice President (Retired), W.K. Kellogg Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Click on the link below for a complete list of grants awarded by the Kellogg Foundation since 1959.