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PITTSBURGH—During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Community College of Allegheny County board of trustees, the board welcomed former CCAC president John Mack Kingsmore, PhD, as president emeritus, a title conferred upon Kingsmore at the March 7 board meeting.
The board recognized Kingsmore for his many significant contributions to CCAC. During his tenure as president from 1989 to 1999, he unified CCAC as one multi-campus institution; worked with the American Federation of Teachers to establish the current centralized governance and planning structure; secured accreditation for the college; and fostered a culture of collaboration over competition.
As president, Kingsmore also addressed larger challenges facing community colleges and oversaw the development of many successful partnerships and institutional improvements. He organized Pennsylvania’s community colleges to address statewide funding challenges; stabilized CCAC’s financial position in the face of reduced funding; engaged CCAC employees to promote operational efficiency; created the CCAC Women’s Council and CCAC Honors Program; and worked with the African-American Caucus to address CCAC employee concerns.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers noncredit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.