Statement on The Attack on the U.S. Capitol

January 8, 2021

We at ACCT are shaken by the unlawful and tragic events that occurred this week on Capitol Hill. The violent invasion of the Capitol does not represent the values or the spirit of the American people, or of our democracy.

Thankfully, our democracy overcame this attack with the Congress completing their constitutional responsibility to certify the Electoral College results. As an organization representing leaders within the higher education community, we also have a responsibility to support our democracy and our democratic electoral process by condemning this attack on Congress and our Capitol by domestic terrorists on January 6th. Sadly, we must also express deep disappointment in those members of Congress who voted to set aside the results of the Presidential election based on widely debunked conspiracy theories and baseless unproven claims of voter fraud. Our nation has survived for more than 240 years through peaceful transitions of power and our organization will welcome and look forward to working with the new Biden/Harris Administration as we have with all new administrations in the past.

Moving forward, we will continue to support the work of community colleges to deliver educational programs that help students become successful in our society with an understanding of the fragility of our democratic institutions.

David Mathis

Chair, ACCT Board of Directors




About ACCT

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.