Dr. Kelli Maxwell, dean of Student Development at CCAC South
Campus, was named a 2017 American Association for Women in
Community Colleges' (AAWCC) 40 Under 40 awardee. The award
recognizes outstanding female leaders under the age of 40 who are
making a difference in community colleges. Maxwell received the
honor at the AAWCC Annual Awards Breakfast in New Orleans. She was
competitively selected and was nominated by CCAC South Campus
President Charlene Newkirk.
"In the two short years that Dr. Maxwell has been dean of
Student Development at the Community College of Allegheny County,
South Campus, she has transformed the way that we serve students,
particularly students most in need of support," wrote Newkirk
in her nomination letter.
Among Maxwell's accomplishments is the acquisition of a
Jefferson Regional Foundation grant that enabled the campus to
launch, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the
Campus Cupboard Food Pantry to address the growing concern of food
insecurity among local college students. Under Maxwell's direction,
the successful CCAC South Campus food pantry has become a model for
college food pantries across the nation.
Maxwell also spearheaded CCAC South's first spring break service
learning trip to Flint, Michigan, to help support the community
during the Flint water crisis. In addition, she serves as a member
of the Jefferson Community Collaborative, which creates
opportunities for community organizations and service providers who
are dedicated to improving communities in the
"Receiving this award means the world to me," said
Maxwell. "I don't necessarily work hard for rewards or
accolades, but if I've received some recognition, I'll take it as
an indication that I'm succeeding in serving my students."
According to AAWCC President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, the 40
Under 40 Award pays tribute to the talent of up and coming leaders
in community colleges.
"Supporting the advancement of women in community colleges
is a core value of AAWCC. These 40 rising stars are making a
difference for the colleges that they serve. We honor them for
their extraordinary efforts to support the community college
mission," said Walker-Griffea.
While in New Orleans, Maxwell also attended the annual meeting of
the American Association of Community Colleges where she presented
on "Food Insecurity on Campus: Supporting Low Income Students to
Completion." Along with Marlene Gary-Hogan of the Greater
Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Maxwell reported on the success of
the CCAC South Campus food pantry, which was officially launched in
February 2016. On average, 70 students and their families are
served every month through the pantry. For more information, visit