05/15/2013 -- CCAC President Alex Johnson chosen to lead Cleveland college

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PITTSBURGH—Alex Johnson, president of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), has been appointed president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio, Tri-C officials announced yesterday. He will begin his duties there July 1.

“It has been my honor to serve as CCAC’s president these past five years,” Dr. Johnson said. “We have accomplished a great deal, and I remain excited about the possibilities awaiting CCAC. However, with my children and grandchildren all living in Cleveland, I felt that I could not let the opportunity pass to talk with Tri-C officials about the position and, ultimately, to accept the role.”

Dr. Johnson became president of CCAC in 2008, having previously served as chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans and as president of Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus from 1993 to 2004.

“Dr. Johnson has elevated CCAC during the past five years, and we are a stronger, more effective college thanks to his leadership,” said Amy Kuntz, chair of the CCAC Board of Trustees. “Although we regret the loss to CCAC, we wish him the best as he undertakes this new role.”

Under his leadership, CCAC has made significant strides in student success and completion, an increasingly urgent national priority for community colleges. CCAC’s data-driven approach stands ahead of many other efforts across the nation. Dr. Johnson has emphasized the importance of the college’s four campuses and five centers as part of a one-college whole, with central administrative offices supporting the campuses. Policy changes and initiatives such as the Math Cafés and Learning Commons—drop-in tutoring centers where students can receive immediate support from faculty, professional tutors and peers—have led to significant improvements in student progress through required developmental, or remedial, courses.

Dr. Johnson has expanded CCAC’s presence in the community, which has been highlighted by the Imagine & Achieve comprehensive campaign, at $41 million among the largest community college campaigns in the country. The campaign, expanded from an original goal of $30 million, met its revised goal 18 months ahead of schedule.

The college’s diversity initiatives have also grown during Dr. Johnson’s tenure. Successful attempts to diversify applicant pools and improve cultural awareness among students and employees have been recognized locally and beyond. The new K. Leroy Irvis Science Center at CCAC–Allegheny Campus involved record participation from minority contractors.

The Irvis Science Center additionally reflects the significant strides Dr. Johnson has taken to improve the college’s aging infrastructure through new construction, major improvements and deferred maintenance. Dr. Johnson has been successful in securing both private funds and public grants, including regular capital support from local sponsor Allegheny County, to assist with these projects.

Dr. Johnson has represented CCAC locally and nationally, serving on the boards of the National Labor College, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

He is serving in numerous capacities with the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC) including as a member of the board and executive committee, chair of the Committee on Community College Advancement, member of the Voluntary Framework on Accountability Steering Committee, member of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and co-chair of the Implementation Committee for the Commission’s report Reclaiming the American Dream.

He is completing a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and was on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education.

No timeframe has yet been determined for a search for Dr. Johnson’s replacement at CCAC, but the CCAC Board of Trustees has begun to take it into consideration.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 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. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.

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