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Leaders of the Year


Eligibility: Only full-institutional members can nominate or be nominated.  Nominations from affiliates, corporate partners, educational associates, and non-members are not permitted.

Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Under the Awards of Excellence program, AACC has created a sub-category of awards designed to recognize individual contributions to the community college sector. This new program will celebrate the accomplishments of leaders, and the announcement of winners will take place during AACC Annual’s 2022 Awards of Excellence. The new recognitions are as follows:

Trustee of the Year

This award celebrates a trustee that has made significant contributions to the college, including but not limited to: Demonstrating exceptional leadership and initiative; supporting professional development for the president and CEO; contributing to strengthening college governance; advocating for the college’s data and results-driven student success initiatives; Effectively representing the college at the local and state level; and significant achievements that benefit the college, district, state system or foundation.

CEO of the Year

The CEO of the year is seen as a leader among their peers. The CEO of the year has a strong track record in the following areas: effective participant in shared governance; support of professional development for leaders throughout the college; implementation of results-driven student success initiatives; effective advocacy at the local and state level for the institution and its students; involvement in statewide initiatives and/or participation in national dialogues on trends and issues impacting community colleges; representation on local, state, and/or national boards that advance the work of two-year colleges; demonstrated courage in difficult circumstances; and has been recognized at the local, state and/or national levels for effective leadership.

Faculty Member of the Year

The faculty member of the year embraces the teaching and learning process and continuously seeks to integrate evidence-based teaching strategies into the classroom.  The faculty member of the year has been highly engaged in college committees, and with organizations dedicated to student success for all.  This individual consistently seeks ways to improve their program and courses and collaborates with other faculty within the college to develop innovative solutions to address issues of equity, persistence, and completion. The faculty member of the year has stellar student evaluations for the courses that he/she/they teach. This individual is also highly engaged in student activities, within the external community and advocates for student success.


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