“It is an honor to chair the AACC board of directors,” said Dr. Atwater. “AACC is the leading voice in promoting the critical role that our nation’s community colleges play in ensuring America’s continued economic prosperity.”
AACC has recently begun the implementation of “Empowering Community Colleges to Build the Nation’s Future.” Crafted by members of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, this practical plan addresses the growing skills gap while redesigning the overall student experience to better promote student achievement.
“This is the single-most ambitious transformation that our colleges have ever been a part of, and I am fully committed to leveraging my role as chair to ensure its success,” Atwater said.
A member of the AACC board since 2011, Atwater has served on various committees including Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and serves as the board liaison to the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers. Atwater also is on the board of the Presidents’ Round Table of African American CEOs and is active with numerous local, regional, national and civic organizations.
AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education.
Hillsborough Community College serves more than 46,000 students annually on five campuses and three centers throughout Hillsborough County. HCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.