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COM Superintendent President Elected to Serve on National AACC Board

Wash. D.C.-based organization advocates for more than 1,200 community colleges educating more than 11 million students

KENTFIELD, Calif.—April 15, 2008 — The American Association of Community Colleges has elected College of Marin Superintendent/President Frances L. White, Ph.D. to serve on its Board of Directors.

As a member of the AACC board of directors, White intends to serve the organization’s bold vision of access to education for everyone.

“It is a great honor to be elected to the AACC board,” says White. “AACC is an effective advocacy organization at the national level and is a valuable resource to its members. I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve.”

Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., the AACC is the primary advocacy organization for more than 1,200 associate-degree granting institutions and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy.

The election of new board members was certified Saturday, April 5, 2008, at the organization’s board meeting and annual convention in Philadelphia, PA. White’s three-year term begins July 1. White has been active in the organization for several years. She was elected last year to serve a one-year term as chair of the AACC Presidents Academy. That term ends June 30.

White joined College of Marin in 2004 after serving five years as president of Skyline College in San Bruno. A community college educator for nearly 30 years, White has also served as executive vice-chancellor at the City College of San Francisco and interim chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. She received a doctorate in educational administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

About AACC
The AACC, founded in 1920 as the American Association of Junior Colleges, has served as a national forum for two-year colleges. The name was changed in 1972 and again in 1992. In collaboration with a wide range of entities in the higher education community, the organization monitors and influences federal policy. Today, the association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions with more than 11 million students, as well as a growing number of international members in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.

AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media. Its efforts are focused in five strategic actions areas:
• Recognition and Advocacy for Community Colleges
• Student Access, Learning and Success
• Community College Leadership Development
• Economic and Workforce Development
• Global and Intercultural Education

Governed by a 32-member board of directors elected by the membership, AACC is a nonprofit organization whose overriding mission is to “Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges.”

About College of Marin
College of Marin is fully accredited by WASC and serves approximately 9000 credit and noncredit students. The college is committed by policy not to discriminate on the basis of, or the perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability (mental or physical), marital status, medical condition (cancer, genetic characteristics, or pregnancy), and status as a veteran in any of its educational and employment programs and activities, or in its policies, practices and procedures.

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