The road to convention: National influence

President Mary Graham (back center) with her team at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.President Mary Graham (back center) with her team at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Need to recharge your professional batteries? The 2018 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention in April can help. Below, AACC board chair and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Mary Graham notes how the AACC convention serves her professional needs.

Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, attended her first the annual AACC convention more than 20 years ago. And even though she’s enjoyed them all, the more recent ones have made a particular impression on her.

“Joining the AACC board is among my favorite convention memories because I knew I would be able to connect with community colleges across the nation to discuss issues and trends at our institutions,” Graham says. “The chance to both hear and meet outstanding leaders — Gen. Colin Powell and author Jim Collins, to name a few — has also been an invaluable experience.”

She also notes that at each convention she’s come away with practical information she can bring home to her team.

“The AACC convention has played an influential role in helping me form my practices, strategies and ideas as a community college president,” Graham says. “I encourage any new president to get involved with the board, committees and commissions to learn and network at the national level.”

Register today for the the 98th AACC Annual Convention April 28-May 1 in Dallas.

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