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Graham to chair board

Mary S. Graham

Mary S. Graham

Dr. Mary S. Graham of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has been named chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges. The national organization, which represents more than 1,200 two-year colleges and their more than 13 million students, is governed by the 32-member board of directors.

There has not been an AACC chair from Mississippi since 1957.

Graham, who has served on the board of directors since 2013, was certified during AACC’s annual convention in Chicago and will officially take office as chair of the board on July 1, 2017. The AACC board governs association policy and helps guide strategic direction for national advocacy and other key functions of the Washington, D.C.-based organization.

Graham served previously on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as chair of the Committee on Public Policy and Government Relations and is currently serving as chair of the Commission on College Readiness. She also serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Directors and is president-elect of COMBASE, an organization dedicated to community engagement for community colleges.

Graham was named the 12th president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2011. A native of Mississippi, Graham earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at USM as well. As an MGCCC graduate and alumna, she embraces the philosophy of the community college and the rich tradition of excellence in education.

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