FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018
Contact: Martha Parham
Washington, DC — American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) president and CEO Walter G. Bumphus has been awarded the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations’ (NCMPR) President’s Award for his extraordinary contributions to the community college movement on a regional or national basis, particularly in the areas of marketing and public relations.
The President’s Award is among the highest distinctions that NCMPR gives to individual or organization. Established in 2000, the award is presented by the board of directors at the national conference. It is not given every year. This year’s award was given at the NCMPR National Conference held in Las Vegas, NV.
Bumphus was selected to receive this award because of his work in elevating the national status of community colleges and leading the advancement of two-year institutions for the next generation. “He works tirelessly with federal and state leaders to inform and affect educational policy and raise the visibility of community colleges at the local, regional and national levels,” said Michele Kersten-Hart, the president of NCMPR and manager of multimedia and web services at Oakland Community College in Michigan.
With a distinguished career covering more than 40 years, Dr. Bumphus was cited as an effective communicator and natural leader. Well known for his leadership and knowledge of community colleges, Bumphus has served on several White House commissions spanning multiple administrations. He currently represents the nation’s community colleges on President Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.
“I am humbled and grateful to receive this honor,” said Bumphus. “Community colleges are incredibly complex organizations and require thoughtful and strategic communications and public relations. NCMPR is an organization that we are proud to be affiliated with and I am incredibly appreciative of this recognition.”
“I know of no one who has served better the promotion and recognition of our community colleges than Dr. Bumphus,” says Dr. John E. Rouche, president of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University and former director of the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. “NCMPR could not honor a more worthy recipient.”
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,200 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.