ACCT Announces Newly Elected and Appointed Board Members and Officers

Washington, D.C. - New officers and members of the ACCT Board of Directors were elected during the 2016 ACCT Leadership Congress in New Orleans, on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7.
As the event drew to a close Saturday, incoming ACCT Chair Bakari Lee said the association will "promote service to our country through the improvement of the nation's community colleges." 
A trustee of Hudson County Community College in New Jersey, Lee said that his platform as ACCT chair would involve a focus on at-risk men of color, including African American and Latino males, and working student mothers. 
Noting that this year's pre-ACCT Congress Symposium on Student Success brought to light new research on the challenges both students populations face, Lee called the statistics sobering. Lee said that he intends for the association to focus on bettering students' community college experiences and success rates. 
"We look forward to the direction of Chair Lee over the coming year," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. ""His strong grasp of legal and financial matters continue to inform the governance of the association and keep it on track. ACCT will continue to serve as the nation's voice of community college leaders, and to advance success for all students with an emphasis on the most disadvantaged."
Lee has served on the ACCT Board of Directors since 2011 and on the Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees since 2006, presently serving as the HCCC board's vice chair, chair of the Finance Committee, member of the Capital Project Advisory Committee, and trustee liaison for college commencement. 
Lee is an attorney by occupation, serving as a member of 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. Lee also provides special counsel services for affordable housing transactions, involving low and moderate income housing tax credits and other federal programs including the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, for public housing agencies and private developers alike. 
Lee holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a bachelor of science from Florida A&M University. He will serve as chair of the ACCT Board of Directors through October 2017.
New ACCT Officers and Board Members 
Following is a list of new ACCT Board of Directors Officers and Board Members elected or appointed during the 2015 ACCT Leadership Congress.
Executive Committee
Bakari Lee
Hudson County Community College, N.J.
Emily Yim
Edmonds Community College, Wash.
Vice Chair
Connie Hornbeck
Iowa Western Community College, Iowa

Dawn Erlandson
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities
Immediate Past Chair
Roberto Zárate
Alamo Colleges, Texas
Regional Chairs
Central Regional Chair
Vernon Jung
Moraine Park Technical College, Wisc.
Northeast Regional Chair
Hector Ortiz
Harrisburg Area Community College, Pa.
Pacific Regional Chair
Stephan Castellanos
San Joaquin Delta College, Calif.
Southern Regional Chair
Tamela Cullens
South Florida State College, Fla.
Western Regional Chair
Gerald Cook
Johnson County Community College, Kans.
Newly Elected or Appointed Board Members
Timothy W. Hardy
Louisiana Community & Technical College System
David Mathis
Mohawk Valley Community College, N.Y.
Rosaelena O'Neil
Northern Virginia Community College
Rose Benavidez, Diversity Committee Chair
South Texas College

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.  ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels.  For more information, visit Follow ACCT on Twitter at


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