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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

May 15, 2015 | Issue # 038

This month, many of you will be taking part in commencement ceremonies at your colleges. While graduates and their families celebrate hard-earned victories, I hope you are able to take a moment and recognize the important role that you and your staff and faculty played in that victory. What you do touches lives and changes futures. Thank you for your hard work!


“White House Lauds Efforts to Make College Affordable”
A report released last week by the Obama Administration outlines steps already taken by the White House—and new proposals—to make college more affordable. Read more in Community College Daily.

“A President Changes Leadership Roles”
In September, Scott Ralls, North Carolina’s Community College System president, will take the helm at Northern Virginia Community College. In a Q&A in the 21st Century Center, he reflects on the work he accomplished in North Carolina. 

Rich Schools, Poor Students
A report by the Nexus Research and Policy Center presents data from Pennsylvania and nine other states documenting inequalities in taxpayer support for wealthy universities compared to public support given to public colleges and universities. Read the report and get more information from this article


Malcolm Gladwell at the 95th Annual AACC Convention

This is the video you’ve all been waiting for. At the opening session of AACC’s convention, Malcolm Gladwell delivered a speech that attendees are still talking about. AACC has gotten permission to share the video with you.

Please note: This video and the entirety of its content is the property of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and is intended solely for the use of member community colleges for educational purposes. It may contain copyrighted, confidential or privileged information. Editing or copying of this material is strictly prohibited.


Register for PASI
AACC’s Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) will provide an intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to the role of presidents and CEOs of community colleges. The 2015 PASI will be held July 18–21 in Austin, Texas.


On May 6 and 7, I participated in the board meeting for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement in Austin, Texas.  While in Austin, on May 14 I was pleased to join my wife Dr. Aileen Bumphus in providing the commencement speech for Austin Community College.

Find out where else I've been.


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