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Rufus Glasper

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Rufus Glasper is president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization that strives to cultivate innovation in the community college space, advance the community college field, and make a positive difference for students and communities.

Glasper is the 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 held district leadership positions for three decades.

Nationally, Glasper serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin; the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University; and The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. Glasper serves on the board of directors for the Education Design Lab; Dream Center Educational Holdings LLC; Argosy University; and COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications.

Glasper previously served on the Air University Board of Visitors (AUBOV), the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force. AUBOV provides dynamic comprehensive education to prepare graduates to develop, employ, command, research, and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels. During his tenure on the AUBOV, Glasper served as the inaugural Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) sub-committee chair. He provided a civilian community college perspective on learning experiences across the curriculum and on credit for learning in the workplace.

Additionally, Glasper served as a member of the American Council on Education Commission on Higher Education Attainment; the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council; the Educational Testing Service Advisory Council; and as a trustee for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Council on Education. He also served on the board for the League for Innovation from 2003-2016.

Glasper is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Arizona Community Foundation, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Sandra Day 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 a PhD in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.