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Dr. Walter G. Bumphus is President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. From 2007 to January 1, 2011, Dr. Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He also held the A. M. Aikin Regents Endowed Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership. He previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) from 2001 to 2007. LCTCS later conferred upon him the title of President Emeritus of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. From November 2000 to September 2001 he was chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). Prior to joining BRCC, Dr. Bumphus worked in the corporate world serving as President of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning. Six years prior, he served as president of Brookhaven College in Dallas County Community College District.

Dr. Bumphus holds a bachelor's degree in speech communications and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, Dr. Bumphus was recognized as a distinguished graduate from both Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bumphus holds the distinction of being one of the few leaders in the field of education to receive the National CEO of the Year Award, to chair the AACC Board of Directors, and to receive the AACC National Leadership Award.


David Baime serves as senior vice president for government relations and research for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, he directs the national advocacy efforts for the nation’s close to 1,200 community colleges and their students. Prior to joining AACC, he served as director of education funding for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has also worked as assistant director of government relations for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Baime has made a number of radio, television, and Web appearances, including on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio, and is frequently quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and other education publications.

Baime holds a bachelor's degree from Haverford College and a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics.


Kathryn Jo Mannes is senior vice president for workforce and economic development for the American Association of Community Colleges. Previously, she directed AACC’s Center for Workforce and Economic Development. Mannes’ experience includes extensive work in the retail and service sector to develop skill standards, national certifications, and training models. As Managing Director of Workforce Development for the National Retail Federation’s Foundation for over 15 years, she oversaw the launch of Skills Centers across the country.

Prior to 1995, Kathy was employed by Dusco Community Services, Inc., representing an international shopping center developer and projects promoting education and work reform. She served as Executive Director of the Council for Adult Education and Learning’s (CAEL) East Coast Center. She also directed continuing education and contract training at The American University in Washington, D.C., for 10 years.

She has operated as an independent consultant for a number of public and private clients, including national associations, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. She served for 12 years on the Workforce Investment Board of Montgomery County, Maryland, and currently is on the Board of the Center for Employment Opportunities in New York City.

Mannes holds a master’s degree in education and reading from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She began her career in the classroom, teaching English, literature, and literacy skills at the secondary and postsecondary levels.


Mary E. Heiss is associate vice president of strategic initiatives for the American Association of Community Colleges where she is responsible for developing and implementing efforts related to strategic planning, innovation, partnerships, and revenue-generating activities that support the Association’s mission and priorities. In this role, she works closely with business, industry, foundations, and common-cause organizations to advance the interests of the nation’s community colleges.

Prior to joining AACC, Heiss led resource development and communications efforts for two nonprofit organizations.  In addition, she has over 15 years of experience in the corporate sector in roles including management, marketing, sales, and merchandising.

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