J. Noah Brown Receives Bellwether Book Award

WASHINGTON--February 2, 2013--The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is proud to announce that ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown was recognized with the prestigious Bellwether Book Award during the 2013 Community College Futures Assembly on January 29 in Orlando, Florida.  "The ACCT Board of Directors couldn't be more pleased about President Brown's well-earned honor," said ACCT Chair Jean Torgeson, a trustee a North Iowa Area Community College

Bellwether Award"This is the first time we've honored someone from within the higher education world with the Bellwether Book Award," said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.  "We selected First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future for this distinctive honor because it is a landmark publication-not only as a history of community colleges, but also because it capably puts forth a vision for the future of important work for our community colleges and the students they serve." 

The Bellwether Book Award recognizes trend-setting publications determined to be of importance to community colleges.   It is a complement to the Bellwether Awards program, which showcases the competitively selected leading-edge programs in community-college practice worthy of replicating. 

"In more than 1,200 national community colleges this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive. The awards are similar to being selected by your peers, comparable to the Oscar® or Emmy® Award," said Campbell. "Leaders of past winning programs have obtained 'free agency' status through the demonstrated results their programs have made. Leaders from the winning institution are often hired or recruited by other colleges to replicate the award-winning program. They also receive thousands of phone calls and hundreds of visits to help others replicate the success of their program in other community colleges and institutions." 

The Community College Futures Assembly announced the three winning colleges on Tuesday: Elgin Community College (Elgin, Illinois) in the Instructional Programming and Services (IPS) category, Piedmont Technical College (Greenwood, South Carolina) in the Planning, Governance, and Finance (PGF) category, and Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga, Tennessee) in the Workforce Development (WD) category. 

Brown was surprised with the award during his keynote presentation at the Assembly.  Leslie Crutchfield, senior advisor at the Foundation Strategy Group and co-author of the critically acclaimed book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits, was another featured speaker.  Campbell said that Crutchfield's presentation highlighting the qualities of effective non-profits helped him realize that "every one of the nonprofit principles in Forces for Good are represented by what ACCT has done under J. Noah Brown's leadership." 

"As someone who has long been involved with the Community College Futures Assembly, I know how much this award means," said Brown.  "I am honored and humbled to be on the receiving end of the Bellwether Book Award."  Brown has dedicated all royalties from the book, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, to trustee-education programs at ACCT.  First in the World is available at all major online book retailers or directly from the publisher at www.rowman.com    


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 www.acct.org. Follow ACCT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CCTrustees.