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Rufus Glasper

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Rufus Glasper, PhD, is the president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops print and digital resources, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 800 member institutions representing nine different countries, over 160 corporate partners, and a host of other governmental and nonprofit agencies. In its continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities, the League is dedicated to improving student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

Glasper is also chancellor emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest multi-college community college systems. He served as chancellor from 2003 through February 2016, and previously held district leadership positions for more than two decades.

Glasper served from 2009 to 2012 as the committee co-chair for the Lumina Foundation on Education "Getting AHEAD" Initiative, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative by Arizona’s education institutions, business community, and state government to reshape Arizona’s postsecondary education system and enable more residents to attain a college degree. From 2005 to 2009, Glasper served with then-governor Janet Napolitano as co-chair of the P-20 (pre-kindergarten through graduate school) Council.

Nationally, Glasper previously served as a member of the American Council on Education Commission on Higher Education Attainment, convened by the six presidential-level higher education national associations to assess the need for improved college retention and attainment and to chart a course for improvement. In 2012, he was appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders charged with advising the secretary and senior leadership at the department on several key issues. Additionally, Glasper serves on the Air University Board of Visitors, the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force that provides dynamic comprehensive education to prepare graduates to develop, employ, command, research, and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels, and the American Council on Education. Glasper previously served on the board of directors for RC-2020, a not-for-profit association of community college CEOs serving major metropolitan areas, and the Higher Learning Commission. He also served on the board for the League for Innovation from 2003 to 2016.

Glasper is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Arizona Community Foundation, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, and the O’Connor Institute. He is also an emeritus member of Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Glasper earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) and a master’s and advanced degrees in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He received his doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.