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Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
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Dr. Angel M. Royal is senior vice president, strategic initiatives for the American Association of Community Colleges. In this role, Royal has oversight of the AACC annual convention, the AACC competencies for community college leaders, innovation, and corporate and foundation relationships.
Prior to joining AACC, Royal served as executive director of university outreach for The University of Texas at Austin. 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. 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 at Baton Rouge Community College, and an adjunct faculty member with the department of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
Royal has routinely interfaced with staff at The White House, U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, and other external stakeholders. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for First-generation Student Success, as an at-large governing board member of the Higher Ed Equity Network, and as a member of the Anthology Education and Research Center Advisory Board.
Royal holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University.