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WVU Parkersburg president appointed to national commission|
CONTACT: Marie Foster Gnage, WVU Parkersburg president, 304-424-8200
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Parkersburg, W.Va. 7/6/11 – Marie Foster Gnage, president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, has been appointed to serve on the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. The commission was appointed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and comprises 36 individuals who will work to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting the nation’s largest and fastest growing higher education sector.
Over the next 10 months, the 21st-Century Commission will meet in person and virtually to examine the community college mission in light of current economic realities. President Obama has challenged community colleges to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2020. The first commission meeting will take place Aug. 12 in Washington, D.C.
“I’m honored to be selected to serve on this historic commission.” said Gnage. “Our goal is to help the country’s community colleges better educate and prepare individuals for the competitive workforce, present and future.”
The new commission marks the third such effort to realign the community college mission to reflect national needs and changing times. The Truman Commission (1947) challenged higher education to provide universal access based on its belief that then-junior colleges could broaden and further democratize their mission by becoming community colleges. Four decades later, the AACC Futures Commission (1988) set forward a reform agenda designed to strengthen the comprehensive mission the Truman Commission originally proposed.
Guiding the commission's work will be three nationally-known experts on community colleges who will serve as co-chairs: San Diego Community College District Chancellor Emeritus Augustine Gallego, Cuyahoga Community College President Jerry Sue Thornton, and Dr. Kay McClenney, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and former chief operating officer for the Education Commission of the States.
In addition to Gnage and the co-chairs mentioned above, members of the 21st-Century Commission include:
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