San Jacinto College (SJC) Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer and SJC South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy have been selected to serve this year on commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Hellyer will serve on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development, and Murphy will serve on the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
“The fact that both Dr. Hellyer and Dr. Murphy were accepted speaks very well of the institution,” said Norma Kent, senior vice president for communications with the AACC. “Selection is an honor, because it’s a very competitive process.”
Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., the AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions, and more than 11 million students.
Kent said the six AACC commissions allow community college administrators to advise the Board of Directors. The Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development addresses such issues as community college accreditation, dual enrollment, student services and success, and distance learning placement. The Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity addresses civil rights, English as a Second Language (ESL), minority services, students with disabilities, student recruitment, retention, and student support. Commission members are appointed by the AACC chair-elect in May, prior to the start of each new Board and Commission year.
“I am very honored to serve alongside some of the country’s top administrators on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development,” said Hellyer. “I welcome the opportunity to share ideas to learn how others are enhancing the nation’s community colleges and make higher education more accessible to students, resulting in an increase in student success.”
Murphy is currently the president-elect for the American Association for Women in Community College (AAWCC), an affiliate council of the AACC, and will step into the position as president next year.
“This is going to be an incredible experience,” said Murphy. “I really welcome this opportunity. We at San Jacinto College have a rich environment with students who reflect our community. I look forward to working with other community colleges and telling our story and our student experience.”