NJCCC President Appointed to American Association of Community Colleges Board

Dr. Lawrence Nespoli Will Help Guide National Policy for Higher Education’s Largest Sector 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a national organization representing the nation’s almost 1,200 two-year colleges and their more than 13 million students.

The new board members will officially take office July 1. Comprising 32 members, the AACC board governs association policy and helps guide strategic direction for national advocacy and other key functions of the Washington, D.C.-based organization.

“Community colleges provide access to higher education for all students who desire to learn,” Nespoli said. “However, nationally and in New Jersey, community colleges are working diligently to transform themselves from ‘access’ institutions to ‘student success’ institutions. I am excited to be part of the AACC Board and contribute to this important mission shift as our country works to once again lead the world with the largest percentage of citizens holding college degrees.”

The selection of new board members infuses new energy into the association’s leadership and comes during a key time for community colleges, say its leaders. “America’s community colleges represent the hope of brighter futures for millions of people today and are keeping the dream of postsecondary education affordable,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of AACC. “Our new board members are joining us during a pivotal time, as community colleges are being asked to double the number of students completing degrees and other postsecondary credentials and to train significantly more workers to meet the needs of employers throughout the nation.”

As the NJCCC president, Nespoli works with trustees and presidents throughout New Jersey to provide statewide leadership and advocacy for the state’s 19 community colleges. He has published extensively in the area of community college policy, finance and legislative trends, serves on numerous national boards and organizations, and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, a master’s degree from Catholic University, and a doctorate from Penn State.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community, junior, and technical colleges and their over 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges, visit www.aacc.nche.edu.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s community colleges. The Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The Council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey. For more information about the NJCCC, visit www.njccc.org.

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