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Exemplary CEO/Board Relationship

The AACC Exemplary CEO/Board Relationship Award recognizes a community college whose CEO/Board of Trustees collaboration and working relationship are exemplary in promoting effectiveness in community college governance.

Criteria used to evaluate applications are as follows:

  • Includes sustained and substantive professional development training/education for board members.
  • Maintains annual CEO evaluation and a self-evaluation for board members.
  • Demonstrates a progressive collaboration that promotes positive visibility for the college, economic and social vitality for the community, and ongoing commitment to success for students.
  • Advocates for informed policies that advance community college(s) and their students at local, state, and national levels.

Colleges that have previously won the award are eligible to apply 5 years after winning.


  • Colleges led by current members of the AACC Board of Directors are not eligible to apply.
  • Award finalists in a previous year are eligible to apply in the same category for the subsequent year. However, the finalist must submit an enhanced application. Enhanced means that the applicant must show further strengthening of the relationship between the CEO and Board of Trustees.

General Guidelines and Nomination Instructions:

  • Nominee must be a current AACC member college, and must pay membership fee for next year.
  • Nomination form must be electronically signed by the CEO of the nominating institution.
  • Each award is given annually, and the honoree(s) will be recognized at AACC Digital.
  • Nominating packages (including required photos) must be submitted via the nomination form AND include the following:
    • Nomination form. (You must create a new record for every award for which your institution applies.)
    • Minimum two letters of support, one signed by the nominating college CEO.
    • Additional support materials (i.e. news coverage, fact sheet, descriptions) NOT TO exceed five (5) pages.
    • 4 publication quality photos: (1) publication quality head shot of the CEO [300 dpi resolution or higher], (1) publication quality head shot of the board chair [300 dpi resolution or higher], and (2) photos of at board meeting or of the board engaging in college activities.
Submit your college's application via the nomination link provided above.

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