Dr. Kurtinitis began her role July 1, 2017 and assumes the chair position the following year; she will preside over the 2019 AACC convention. Kurtinitis will succeed Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Mary Graham, who currently serves as chair-elect and assumes the role as chair beginning July 1, 2017.
“I am honored to serve the American Association of Community Colleges in this capacity,” said President Kurtinitis. “My experience as a community college professional spans 50 years, from faculty member to president. I am happy to share the wisdom I have gained over the years as a staunch supporter of the community college mission. I consider it a privilege to advocate for community colleges and their students and look forward to doing so at the national level.”
In service since 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges has aptly been called the "voice of America's community colleges." The association represents and advocates for nearly 1,200 associate-degree granting institutions enrolling more than 13 million students—almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.