Mary E. Heiss
Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs
Ph: 202.728.0200 x253
Mary E. Heiss is Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and a member of AACC’s executive leadership team. Among her responsibilities, Heiss oversees the advancement of professional development programming for community college leaders; AACC’s activities with the National Science Foundation through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program; strategies to advance diversity, inclusion and equity within community colleges; and international programs and services.
Heiss staffs AACC’s Committee on Program Initiatives and Workforce Training and Commission on Student Success. She also serves as AACC’s liaison to the Instructional Technology Council. She is an ex-officio member of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education. She is also a member of the National Visiting Committee for the Nano-Link Center for Nanotechnology Education.
Prior to joining AACC in 2006, Heiss worked for two other nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. Earlier, she held increasingly responsible positions in the information technology and telecommunications industries for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and attended St. Clair County Community College (MI).