Skip Navigation Links
AACC 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
AACC Affiliated Councils
AACC Awards
AACC Commissions
AACC Commissions FAQ
AACC Corporate Program
Corporate Council
Corporate Futures Forum
Community College-Industry Partnerships
Technology Providers
AACC Governance
AACC Staff
AACC Senior Staff
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Join AACC: Your Investment in Success
Issue Areas
Is Your College a Member?
Mission Statement
Presidents Academy
Who We Are

 AACC Senior Staff 

AACC Senior Staff


Dr. Walter G. Bumphus is President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. From 2007 to January 1, 2011, Dr. Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He also held the A. M. Aikin Regents Endowed Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership. He previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) from 2001 to 2007. LCTCS later conferred upon him the title of President Emeritus of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. From November 2000 to September 2001 he was chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). Prior to joining BRCC, Dr. Bumphus worked in the corporate world serving as President of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning. Six years prior, he served as president of Brookhaven College in Dallas County Community College District.

Dr. Bumphus holds a bachelor's degree in speech communications and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, Dr. Bumphus was recognized as a distinguished graduate from both Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bumphus holds the distinction of being one of the few leaders in the field of education to receive the ACCT Marie Y. Martin CEO of the Year Award, to chair the AACC Board of Directors, and to receive the AACC Leadership Award.

 Charisse Bazin Ash

Charisse Bazin Ash serves as associate vice president of human resources for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She oversees talent and staffing management, benefits administration, staff development, employee relations, total compensation, performance management, wellness programs, and the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures. She also serves as the staff liaison to the board’s Committee on Directors. Ash joined the AACC staff in 2001 with 16 years of non-profit human resources management experience.

Ash is designated as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area. She holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in administration with a human resources concentration.

David Baime

David Baime serves as senior vice president for government relations and research for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, he directs the national advocacy efforts for the nation’s close to 1,200 community colleges and their students. Prior to joining AACC, he served as director of education funding for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has also worked as assistant director of government relations for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Baime has made a number of radio, television, and Web appearances, including on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio, and is frequently quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and other education publications.

Baime holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

Mary Heiss

Mary E. Heiss serves as Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. In this role, she oversees a department that implements strategies and grant-funded programs to advance student access, diversity, and success in the nation’s community colleges, including activities with the National Science Foundation through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, international programs and services, and the Plus 50 initiative.
Heiss joined AACC in 2006. She most recently served as Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, where she led efforts related to the development of the association’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, and fundraising for the AACC 21st-Century Initiative. Before that, she directed the association’s outreach and engagement with corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations.   

Prior to joining AACC, Heiss led resource development and communications efforts for two nonprofit organizations, including a national k-12 education foundation. Earlier in her career, she held increasingly responsible positions with global corporations for over 15 years.    

Heiss is an alumnus of Michigan State University and St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. She has completed executive education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Indiana University.

Ramsay Johnson

Ramsay R. Johnson Jr., CPA serves as senior vice president, chief operations and financial officer for the American Association of Community Colleges. He is responsible for direction, oversight, and leadership over financial support functions, including developing the annual operating budget, financial analysis, payroll administration, and compliance reporting with various government agencies. He also provides oversight of AACC’s information technology, web services, facilities management, data services, administrative services, and risk management functions. He also staffs the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board. Johnson joined AACC in 2010 with over 15 years of experience in accounting, audit, and financial reporting.

Johnson is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an accounting concentration from Bowie State University.

 Kent Phillippe

Kent Phillippe serves as the associate vice president for research and student success where he oversees the association research efforts of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). These responsibilities include overseeing association surveys, data collection and analysis, and providing formatted data to both internal and external audiences. In addition, he oversees the association’s efforts on the Voluntary Framework of Accountability and the data tool development for the Achieving the Dream initiative. He joined the AACC staff in 1994.

Phillippe serves on many national research advisory boards, including technical review panels that oversee Federal Postsecondary data collection for IPEDS, NPSAS, BPS, and B&B. He serves as the staff liaison for the Commission on Research, Technology, and Emerging trends, as well as liaison for two AACC affiliated councils: the Council for Study of Community Colleges, and the National Community College Council for Research and Planning.

Phillippe earned a master’s degree in clinical and family counseling from Southern Methodist University, a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hamline University, and earned doctoral credits in the child and family clinical psychology program at Michigan State University.

 Angel Royal

Dr. Angel M. Royal is chief of staff for the American Association of Community Colleges. Royal serves as Secretary to the AACC Board of Directors, liases with the AACC Presidents Academy Executive Committee, AACC Commissions, and affiliated councils, and oversees the association's Leadership Development Suite.  She also oversees and coordinates the association's annual convention, oversees the AACC's 21st Century Center, and coordinates executive coaching services.   

Royal has held professional positions at the community college and university levels, at a system office, with a state coordinating board for higher education, and in private industry.

Prior to joining AACC, Royal served as executive director of university outreach for The University of Texas at Austin from January 2009 to October 2011. Before returning to the field of education, she worked for a year in private industry as the director of special programs and initiatives with Best Associates in Dallas, Texas. From 2002 to 2007, she served as executive assistant to the president and vice president of external affairs with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System where she had the responsibility for strategic planning, leadership and resource development, government and board relations, and other special projects. She held the position of executive assistant to the chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College from 2001-2002, and she served as special programs manager with the Louisiana Board of Regents from 1999-2001.

In addition to her administrative work, Royal has been an adjunct faculty member teaching developmental English and reading with Baton Rouge Community College, and an adjunct faculty member with the department of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

Royal holds a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in reading education, an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University.


Home | Site Map | ©2015  American Association of Community Colleges
 One Dupont Circle, NW | Suite 410 | Washington, DC 20036 | Ph: 202.728.0200 | Fx: 202.833.2467 | |  |