Outstanding Community College Leaders Receive National-Level Association Awards

2018 ACCT Awards Recognize Outstanding Community College Trustee, Equity Program, CEO, Faculty and Professional Board Staff

October 27, 2018

WASHINGTON--The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) on Friday, October 26 announced its 2018 ACCT Association Awards Winners, recognizing outstanding community college trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff members from throughout the nation. The 2018 ACCT Awards program is sponsored by EdFinancial Services. 

ACCT's Awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities.  

"Community colleges are uniquely committed to open-access, high-quality higher education for all Americans, as well as a vital pipeline to the jobs that support communities and keep our country going strong," said ACCT Chair and Iowa Western Community College Trustee Connie Hornbeck. "This year's regional awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs across this great nation."

"Identifying and recognizing outstanding community college leaders is a highlight of our year," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "The 2018 awardees are among the most dedicated we've seen, reflecting our colleges' tireless commitment to helping students succeed. Congratulations to all of this year's awards recipients."

The full list of awardees follows.

2018 ACCT Association Awardees

M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award 

Barbara Oilschlager
College of Lake County, Illinois

2018 Charles Kennedy Equity Award

Howard Community College, Md.

2018 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award 

Henry Shannon
Chaffey College, Calif.

2018 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award 

Maria Alvarez
El Paso Community College, Texas

2018 ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Award 

Trish Villines
North Arkansas College, Ark. 

Each of the ACCT Association Awards nominees was one of five Regional ACCT Awards recipients. Regional awards were announced, one region per day, this summer via ACCT's Twitter account. Be among the first to know: Follow us @CCTrustees. 

Awards were presented during the 2018 ACCT Leadership Congress in New York, New York.