WASHINGTON, DC - In a unanimous vote, the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has selected Dr. George R. Boggs as the new president/CEO of the organization. The decision was announced June 29 during a specially called meeting of the board held in Washington, D.C.
Boggs is currently superintendent/president of Palomar College in California. He will become the ninth president of the 80-year-old association, succeeding Dr. David R. Pierce who has served as AACC president since 1991. Pierce has announced his retirement for Aug. 1, and Boggs is expected to assume his new position shortly after that date.
As head of the AACC, Boggs assumes leadership of the nation's 1100 two-year colleges, the largest single sector of higher education. He brings to the job over 30 years' experience as an educator and an extensive portfolio of leadership activities at regional, state and national levels.
A native of Conneaut, Ohio, Boggs has spent the better part of his career in California. Prior to assuming the presidency of Palomar College in 1985, he served from 1981-1985 as associate dean of instruction and from 1972-1981 as division chair at Butte College, also in California. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, his master's degree in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Ohio State University.
A prolific writer, Boggs has authored more than 50 articles or chapters and has lectured extensively on key higher educational issues including faculty preparation and evaluation, leadership development, college governance, developmental education, and cultural diversity.
Among a long list of professional and civic service activities, Boggs currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Inter-Regional Accreditation Committee for the Western Governor's University. Past service includes work both as a board member and board chair of the American Association of Community Colleges, a committee chair and an evaluator for the National Science Foundation, a member of the Presidents Work Group on Accreditation for the National Policy Board, and the ACE Task Force on Teacher Education.
As a result of his work in cultural diversity, Boggs has been recognized as an "Honorary Elder" by the National Council on Black American Affairs, and he has served for nine years on the board of directors of BECA, a non-profit, Hispanic student scholarship foundation.
The new AACC president was selected following a six-month, national search conducted by a specially appointed search committee of the AACC board and coordinated by David Ponitz, president emeritus of Sinclair Community College and a national consultant on higher education issues. Three finalists for the position were named June 2. In addition to Boggs, finalists included Dr. Beverly Simone, president of Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin, and Jacqueline E. Woods, liaison for community colleges, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
"The board was impressed by George's strong academic background, his many years of dedicated service to community colleges and the AACC, and by his unquestioned personal integrity," said AACC Board Chair Dr. Carolyn Williams. ""e has been an innovative leader among California community colleges and nationally, and we are confident that he will continue the enormous progress community colleges have enjoyed during David Pierce's presidency."
The American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing more than 1,100 accredited community, junior and technical colleges. The colleges make up the largest individual sector of higher education, serving 10 million students annually.