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Tincher-Ladner Appointed to AACC Commission

Jackson, Mississippi – Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner has been appointed to serve on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). There are six commissions, each with a specific area of focus, that act in an advisory capacity to the AACC Board of Directors in areas that reflect key aspects of the Association’s work on behalf of its member colleges. The groups meet two times each year, in November and prior to the AACC Convention in April.

Each commission consists of an average of 24 people from member institutions who are CEOs or administrators, plus additional people from organizations who work in areas that are relevant to the specific commissions' charges. Other commissions include the Commission on Communications and Marketing; the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development; the Commission on Global Education; and the Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends.

“The commissions are a vital part of AACC for a number of reasons,” said AACC President and CEO Dr. Walter Bumphus. “Most importantly they provide us with expertise that we might not otherwise hear from in regards to our staff, our board and the people we meet.

“So, on an annual basis we get the opportunity to hear directly from about 200 of our member colleges and what’s important to them.”

Tincher-Ladner previously served as Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Information and Research Officer. Prior to joining Phi Theta Kappa, Tincher-Ladner served over two decades in higher education, primarily working in instruction and information technology. She also served as Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Tincher-Ladner holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Mississippi State University and both an M.A. and B.A. in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for the America’s College Promise Campaign and on the National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE).

Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., 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. 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.

AACC represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students, as well as a growing number of international members in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (45 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.


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