President Emeritus &
John Mack Kingsmore, PhD, served the Community College of Allegheny County from 1989 to 1999. He was a leader who fostered college growth through collaboration with faculty, staff, the teachers union and community organizations. Many of his significant contributions still benefit the college today.
During his tenure as president 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.
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.