HOPKINSVILLE, KY. – Hopkinsville Community College President Jim Selbe was recently approved as a new board member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) during the organization’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Selbe is one of 10 new members for its 32-member board of directors. The board determines policy for the association and oversees its work on behalf of the nations close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges.
Selbe’s term of office will begin July 1 and expire June 30, 2015. “I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve on AACC’s board,” stated Dr. Selbe. “Community colleges are such a vital piece of the higher education puzzle. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure a bright future for America’s community colleges.”
The selection of new board members injects new energy into the association's leadership, and comes during a pivotal time for the community college movement, say association leaders. "How we address the challenges we are facing today in the community college system, will determine the quality and access Americans will have to higher education in the future," said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of AACC.
Twenty-four board members are elected by the AACC 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, representing constituencies such as boards of trustees, business or government).
AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. For more information see www.aacc.nche.edu.
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