July 10, 2009
WVU Parkersburg President elected to Board of Directors of American Association of Community Colleges.
CONTACT: Marie Foster Gnage, WVU Parkersburg president, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg has been elected to the board of the national association which serves as the "voice for community colleges."
Effective July 1, Marie Foster Gnage is serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The AACC is the leading proponent for community colleges. It represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 11 million students. The colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half of all U.S. undergraduates.
AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level. It collaborates with a wide range of entities within the higher education community to monitor and influence federal policy and to collaborate on issues of common interest. The association has ongoing interaction with key federal departments and agencies including the U.S. departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, and Commerce and the National Science Foundation.