Pennsylvania Community Colleges CEO Named Distinguished State Director

Elizabeth Bolden, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PCCC), will be presented with the Distinguished Community College State Director Award during PTK Catalyst 2017, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, in Nashville, Tennessee, April 6-8.

The Distinguished Community College State Director Award recognizes the contributions of heads of state community college systems. Recipients demonstrate support of Phi Theta Kappa chapters, advisors and regional organizations.

Bolden was appointed PCCC CEO in 2014, and previously served as the Director of the Policy Office for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

She also worked in the Education Policy Office as a budget and legislative analyst and in the Governor’s Budget Office, where she developed policy and legislation on various issues including education.

Her experience in the private sector includes working in the Congressional Relations Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and as Deputy Director of Coalition Development with the Wexler Group, a division of Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide.

She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College and at York College of Pennsylvania.

Bolden completed her bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Spanish and political science. She received her master’s degree in political science/public policy from the Rutgers University, Eagleton Institute of Politics.

For more than 20 years, the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has joined Phi Theta Kappa to honor students nominated by their colleges to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team.

Each year under Bolden’s leadership, the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team has been celebrated with a day of activities at the state's capitol where they meet with their congressional and house representatives. It is here that students advocate for an increased funding level in the state budget for Pennsylvania Community Colleges.

Along with the festivities at the State House, the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, along with families, advisors and college presidents, attend a dinner banquet where each member is recognized for their achievements.

Bolden said implementing a statewide Community College Completion Corps (C4) program has made her especially proud. The efforts have resulted in numerous completion activities at Pennsylvania’s 14 colleges and thousands of pledges to complete.

“Sharing the great work of our Phi Theta Kappa chapters with college presidents, members of the colleges' boards of trustees and key college administrators, I am amazed by what the members of Phi Theta Kappa are doing, especially in Pennsylvania,” Bolden said. “It is very important to share their success with the college community.”

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