LCCC President Joe Schaffer elected to national board for community colleges

Cheyenne, Wyoming — Dr. Joe Schaffer, president of Laramie County Community College, was recently named to the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors. The AACC represents the nation's 1,051 community colleges and is governed by a 32-member board of directors.

Schaffer is one of ten community college presidents recently elected to serve on that board. He is the only one of those newly elected directors from a college in the Rocky Mountain region or the western United States.

"LCCC has been gaining greater recognition regionally and nationally. This has opened opportunities for our involvement and leadership in helping chart a future for higher education in America," Schaffer said. "The AACC is one of the most prominent organizations doing this work, and LCCC now as a seat at that table."

Shaffer has served as president of LCCC since 2012.

"This is also a great opportunity to showcase all that Wyoming has to offer and put our excellent community colleges at the center of some of the most significant work happening in the country right now," Schaffer added.

The new board members will begin their terms on July 1 and join 22 existing members.

"The AACC board of directors acts on behalf of our member colleges to create and maintain a vision for AACC and to advocate on behalf of the community colleges we serve," said Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of AACC. "We are thrilled to have these esteemed colleagues join the board and know they will bring their unique talents and leadership to advance the nation's community colleges in Washington, DC and throughout the country."