The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) recently announced the recipients of its annual Regional Awards for community college trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff members.
The 2015 ACCT Awards are sponsored by Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) and EdFinancial Services.
Western Regional winners include three Texans:
- Chief Executive Officer Award: Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College District
- Faculty Member Award: Suryakant Desai, Dallas County Community College District
- Professional Board Staff Member Award: Pamela Payne, El Paso Community College
"As the importance of community colleges has grown, it is more important than ever to recognize the outstanding leadership of those individuals for their contributions to the sector," said ACCT Chair and Lansing Community College Trustee Robin M. Smith.
"ACCT's regional awards represent the very best our colleges have to offer," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.
The Association of Community College Trustees is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Located in Washington, D.C., ACCT is a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, U.S. Congress, the Departments of Education and Labor and more, according to its website.