ACCT Regional Awards

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), in its regional awards program, annually recognizes one trustee, equity program, chief executive officer, faculty member, and professional board staff member in each of its five regions for their tremendous contributions to community colleges. Up to 25 ACCT Regional Awards are announced each year immediately prior to the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress. Regional Awardees are presented with their awards during the ACCT Leadership Congress, and then one awardee from each of the five categories is recognized with ACCT's Annual Association Awards during the Annual ACCT Awards Gala.

One Recipient from Each of Five Regions

  • Trustee (Trustee Leadership Award)

  • Board/CEO Team (Equity Award)

  • Chief Executive Officer (Chief Executive Officer Award)

  • Faculty Member (Faculty Member Award)

  • Professional Board Staff Member (Professional Board Staff Member Award)

Current ACCT Regional Awardees

ACCT congratulates the 2022 ACCT Regional Award recipients for their outstanding work. 

Those recognized at the regional level will contend for the national-level recognition of the following ACCT Association Awards: 2022 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award; 2022 Charles Kennedy Equity Award; 2022 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award; 2022 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award; and 2022 ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Award. 

One outstanding award recipient in each category will be announced in New York City during the Annual ACCT Association Awards presentation on Friday, October 25 in conjunction with the 53rd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress.

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Trustee Leadership Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION: Robert Proctor, Lansing Community College, OH

NORTHEAST REGION: Allen Williams, Monroe Community College, NY

PACIFIC REGION: Deborah Ikeda, State Center Community College District, CA & Ray Sigafoos, Yavapai College, AZ

SOUTHERN REGION: Andre Lassiter, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, NC

WESTERN REGION: Diane Keller, Central Community College, NE

Equity Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION: Lansing Community College, MI

NORTHEAST REGION: Community College of Baltimore County, MD

PACIFIC REGION: California Community Colleges of Board of Governors, CA

SOUTHERN REGION: Northern Virginia Community College, VA

WESTERN REGION: El Paso Community College, TX

Chief Executive Officer Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION: Dr. Dorey Diab, North Central State College, OH

NORTHEAST REGION: Dr. Christopher Reber, Hudson County Community College, NJ

PACIFIC REGION: Dr. Christine Johnson, Community Colleges of Spokane, WA

SOUTHERN REGION: Dr. Kyle Wagner, Northeastern Technical College, SC

WESTERN REGION: Dr. Paul Illich, Southeast Community College, NE

Faculty Member Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION: Dr. Lisa Bergin, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, MN

NORTHEAST REGION: Patricia Maloney-Titland, Rockland Community College, NY

PACIFIC REGION: Dr. James Chen, South Puget Sound Community College, WA & Dr. Karen Palmer, Yavapai College, AZ

SOUTHERN REGION: Benji McCollumMidlands Technical College, SC

WESTERN REGION: Brian Anderson, Northeast Community College, NE

Professional Board Staff Member Award Recipients

CENTRAL REGION: Heidi Soodsma, Lakeshore Technical College, WI

NORTHEAST REGION: Monica Rausa Williams, Ann Arundel Community College, MD

PACIFIC REGION: Mary Lou Hernandez, Central Arizona College, AZ & Yvonne Sandoval, Yavapai College, AZ

SOUTHERN REGION: Michael Zanfardino, Midlands Technical College, SC

WESTERN REGION: Sharon Wright, Houston Community College, TX


To see the past Regional Awards Recipients, click here for a complete listing.