Dr. Karen A. Stout Receives 2022 AACC Leadership Award

The American Association of Community Colleges Recognized Dr. Stout at their Annual Conference

SILVER SPRING, MD — On Saturday, April 30, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) presented Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream (ATD), with a 2022 Leadership Award during the annual AACC conference in New York City.

Alongside five other college leaders, Dr. Stout received another distinction: She is among the newest members of the newly created AACC Hall of Fame.

At the opening plenary of the 2022 AACC Annual, AACC honored and inducted Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Dr. Gerardo E. de los Santos, Dr. Greg Hamann, Dr. Katherine M Johnson, Dr. Brent Knight, and Dr. Stout. All six leaders “have made impactful contributions to the community college sector over their careers,” AACC wrote.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from AACC alongside such esteemed and transformative leaders,” said Dr. Stout. “For years, my work as president of Achieving the Dream and as a former community college leader has been in pursuit of a more equitable future where our institutions act as engines of social and economic mobility for our nation’s learners. It is a great honor to be included among college leaders who, like hundreds of ATD Network leaders and educators, have worked tirelessly to move us collectively toward that future. My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bumphus and the AACC board for this recognition.”

As president and CEO of ATD, Dr. Karen A. Stout leads a national network of community colleges focused on whole-college transformation that directly addresses inequitable outcomes for students. She was named one of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Leading Women, American Association for Women in Community College’s Woman of the Year, and one of Washington Monthly’s 16 most innovative higher education leaders, among other recognitions.

Dr. Stout is a former AACC board member and was co-chair of the AACC 21st Century Commission to reimagine community colleges. She currently serves as chair of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research Advisory Board at North Carolina State University, as co-chair of the University of Maryland Global Campus Doctorate of Management in Community College Policy and Administration Advisory Board, and is a member of the Community College Research Center Presidents Advisory Board, Common App Board of Directors, College Promise National Advisory Board, and HERS Board of Directors.

Before joining ATD in 2015, Dr. Stout was president of Montgomery County Community College. Upon leaving the college, the board granted her president emerita status and named the student success center in her honor.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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