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Walter Bumphus

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Walter Bumphus is president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). From its headquarters in Washington, DC, AACC represents over 1,100 associate degree–granting institutions and some 12 million students.

Bumphus holds a BA in speech communications, an MA in guidance and counseling from Murray State University, and a PhD in educational administration from the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP), University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining AACC, Bumphus served as professor in the CCLP and chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bumphus has served as CEO for two community colleges: first as president of Brookhaven College (1991–1997), part of the seven-college Dallas County Community College District, Texas' largest undergraduate institution; and then as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (2000–2001). Prior to his presidential experience, he served as dean of students (1978–1987) and then vice president and dean of students at Maryland's Howard Community College (1987–1991) and dean of students at East Arkansas Community College (1974–1978). He began his career as director of minority affairs at Murray State University (1972–1974).

Bumphus has served on the AACC Board of Directors (1993–1997) and as board chair (1996–1997), on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (1997), on the National Advisory Board for the Education Commission of the States (1996–1997), on the Advisory Committee for the League for Innovation in the Community College Kellogg Minority Leadership Project (1989–1991), and on the Louisiana Workforce Commission (2002–2006). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2009 AACC Leadership Award, the distinguished graduate award from both Murray State University and University of Texas (1992), the 2005 CEO of the Year Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from North Carolina State University (1998).