WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President Walter G. Bumphus to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). The new council, comprising prominent university presidents and academic leaders, is charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues.
"Dr. Bumphus's extensive experience and expertise will make him a valuable asset to the Council," said Secretary Napolitano. "I look forward to working with him on these critical issues."
The new council underscores the Department's commitment to working with the academic community. In this noteworthy role, the AACC leader will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.
Bumphus brings to his new advisory role more than 40 years' leadership experience in both 2-year and university settings, as well as substantial operational experience in the corporate world. From 2007 to January 1, 2011, he served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) from 2001 to 2007. From November 2000 to September 2001 he was chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). Prior to joining BRCC, he worked in the corporate world serving as president of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning. Six years prior, he served as president of Brookhaven College in the Dallas County Community College District,Texas' largest undergraduate institution. He is a native of Princeton, Kentucky.
Bumphus will attend the group's inaugural meeting on March 20 in Washington, D.C.
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national organization representing the nation's almost 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and their more than 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing segment of higher education, currently enrolling close to half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more about AACC, see www.aacc.nche.edu.