Educational Administration Chair Chosen to Lead American Association of Community Colleges - June 21st, 2010

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, chair of the Department of Educational Administration

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, chair of the Department of Educational Administration in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve as its next president/CEO.

In his capacity as AACC president, Bumphus will lead a national organization of more than 1,200 regionally accredited public two-year colleges, the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education.

"The community college role in higher education and in the economy has taken on increasing urgency and significance, both nationally and in our communities," said Dr. Mary Spilde, chair of the AACC Board of Directors. "The board has worked diligently to find the right individual to seize this moment and step up to the unprecedented challenges the nation is facing. We are confident that we have found in Walter Bumphus a proven leader with the passion, energy, commitment and expertise to lead the nation's community colleges to even greater service for our students, communities and country."

Bumphus’ extensive professional experience includes more than 38 years as a top-level educational administrator, community college leader, system chancellor and successful business executive. He received his doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program, the number one such program in the nation and producer of more community college leaders than any other in the U.S.

Bumphus’ extensive professional experience includes more than 38 years as a top-level educational administrator, community college leader, system chancellor and successful business executive.

Bumphus began his career in higher education administration in 1972 as director of minority affairs at Murray State University in Kentucky. In 1974, he became dean of students at East Arkansas Community College and later served for 14 years as vice president and dean of students at Howard Community College in Maryland.

In 1991, Bumphus became the fourth president of Brookhaven College, one of seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District, Texas’ largest higher education institution.  While in Dallas, he oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art 150,000-square-foot student services center. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges in 1993 and became board chair in 1996. He also worked in the private sector as president of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning, a pioneer in after-school learning programs and provider of innovative curricula to over 1,000 school districts in 45 states

In 2000, he was named chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, which became one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation under his leadership. Subsequently, he served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), leading an expansion of the system that included the creation of two technical community colleges, the development of the LCTCS Leadership Development Institute and statewide efforts for transfer articulation agreements.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Bumphus received considerable praise for leading a recovery effort that included creation of a call center to re-establish critical internal and external communications, as well as the location of temporary offices for the affected institutions. Working with his leadership team, he set up channels to ensure that both students and displaced employees received assistance after the storms.

In 2007, Bumphus joined The University of Texas at Austin as chair of the Department of Educational Administration and professor in the Community College Leadership Program.

During his professional career, he has consulted at more than 85 community colleges and universities.

For his exceptional contributions to education, Bumphus has received numerous national accolades, including the Marie Y. Martin CEO of the Year award from the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Leadership Award. He also has received distinguished graduate awards from both Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Bumphus plans to assume leadership of the AACC in January of 2011. He will be replacing Dr. George R. Boggs, who also holds a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education.

Last updated on June 21, 2010