Phi Theta Kappa Board Chair, Foundation Trustee to Receive AACC Leadership Award

Dr. George Boggs, Chair of Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Trustees, is one of three recipients of the 2016 Leadership Awards presented by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The award will be presented at the AACC Annual Convention April 9-12 in Chicago. Other 2016 honorees include Wright Lassiter, Jr. and Brice Harris. The leadership award is given based on outstanding leadership at the national level over an extended period of time and a long-standing commitment to community colleges.

Leading AACC from 2000 to 2010 as its President and CEO, Boggs has also served as Vice Chair of Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors since 2006 and was named Chair in 2016. He is also an International Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa and Vice Chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.

“George has provided steadfast commitment and progressive leadership to both AACC and Phi Theta Kappa as a member of the Society’s Board of Directors for more than a decade,” said Dr. Lynn-Tincher Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “There is no one more deserving of the 2016 AACC Leadership Award.”

Boggs was a founding faculty member, division chair and associate dean of instruction at Butte College in California and, for over 15 years, was the Superintendent/President of Palomar College in California. In addition to being named President and CEO Emeritus of AACC, he also holds the title of Superintendent/President Emeritus of Palomar College. An active author and speaker on higher education topics, Boggs also consults internationally.

His new book, co-authored with Christine McPhail, Practical Leadership in Community Colleges: Navigating Today’s Challenges will be released in July 2016. The book addresses current trends and issues facing today’s community colleges, such as college completion, performance-based funding, economic cycles and diversity/inclusiveness.

Boggs earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Two previous Executive Directors of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Rod Risley and the late Dr. Margaret Mosal, have received the AACC Leadership Award, as well as the Society’s long-time Board Chair, the late Dr. Shirley Gordon.

Read more about Bogg’s AACC Leadership Award online in Community College Daily.

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