ACCT Chair Bakari Lee to Give Commencement Address at Warren County Community College

Washington, D.C.—Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Chair Bakari G. Lee, Esq. will deliver the 2017 commencement address to the graduating class of Warren County Community College (WCCC) in Washington, New Jersey this Saturday, May 20.

"Standing at the helm of ACCT, Bakari Lee is an outstanding representative of our nation's community colleges and our strong commitment to student success," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. 

Lee has expressed his dedication to student success throughout his tenure on the ACCT Board of Directors, telling the association's magazine Trustee Quarterly last year that "our mission is to ensure affordable, universal higher education for all." His personal goal "is to promote service to our country through the improvement of the nation's community colleges." 

Serving as vice chair of Hudson County Community College's (HCCC) board of trustees, Lee is a member of the law firm McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC. His primary practice area is public finance, having served as bond counsel to multiple clients at the state, county and local level, as well as providing underwriter and trustee counsel services. 

As he explains it, a "chance connection" with one of his clients ultimately led the public finance attorney to join the college’s governing board — at first, as a "quiet trustee," but soon as a state and national leader through the ACCT Board of Directors.

In addition to Lee's educational leadership roles on the governing boards of ACCT and HCCC, he is an active public servant, serving as volunteer program administrator for the Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program, as well as in other social action roles. He was recognized in 2015 with the Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award.

Lee's message to WCCC students is one of academic, professional, and personal advancement and success. "It’s incumbent upon us," he says, "to craft our own narratives of who we are." 

WCCC's commencement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.  WCCC continues to be a leader among New Jersey community colleges in terms of graduation rates. 

About the Association of Community College Trustees

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 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. For more information, go to www.acct.org. Follow ACCT on Twitter attwitter.com/CCTrustees.