June 6, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College President Dr. Lori Sundberg has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges, a national organization representing the nation’s almost 1,200 two-year colleges and more than 13 million students.
Sundberg and other new board members were certified during AACC’s recent annual meeting in San Francisco and will officially take office July 1, serving a three-year term. Comprising 32 members, the AACC board governs association policy and helps guide strategic direction for national advocacy and other key functions of the Washington, D.C.-based organization.
“I’m incredibly honored to be elected as part of the AACC Board, and I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as part of our national organization,” Sundberg said. “This will allow me and the College to have a voice on the many policy issues that will be facing community colleges in the near future.”
Sundberg in August accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the AACC’s 21st Century Initiative Implementation Team. The Implementation Team will expand on the work of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges by focusing on aspects of the commission’s report, “Reclaiming the American Dream,” which examined the challenges and opportunities facing higher education.
“America’s community colleges represent the hope of brighter futures for millions of people today and are keeping the dream of postsecondary education affordable,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of AACC. “Our new board members are joining us during a pivotal time, as community colleges are being asked to double the number of students completing degrees and other postsecondary credentials and to train significantly more workers to meet the needs of employers throughout the nation.”
Twenty-four board members are elected by AACC’s institutional 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) and represent constituencies such as boards of trustees, business or government.
Institutionally elected board members are:
Ronnie Booth, president, Tri-County Technical College (Pendleton, S.C.)
E. Ann McGee, president, Seminole State College of Florida (Sanford, Fla.)
Dan Phelan, president, Jackson Community College (Jackson, Mich.)
Cheryl Roberts, president and CEO, Chemeketa Community College (Salem, Ore.)
Carol Spalding, president, Rowan Cabarrus Community College (Salisbury, N.C.)
Lori Sundberg, president, Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg, Ill.)
The Institutional At-Large representative is:
Eloy Oakley, superintendent/president, Long Beach City College (Long Beach, Calif.)
The Public At-Large representative is:
Carrie Billy, executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (Alexandria, Va.)
The Affiliated Council representatives are:
Chris Bustamante, president, Rio Salado College (Tempe, Ariz.)
Mary Rittling, president, Davidson County Community College (Lexington, N.C.)
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and more than 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges, visit www.aacc.nche.edu.
Dr. Lori Sundberg