MACC's James Cooksey Elected as ACCT's new Secretary-Treasurer
MACC Board of Trustees President, Judge James Cooksey, was recently elected Secretary- Treasurer for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors. Judge Cooksey assumed the position on October 26, during the 49th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress held in New York City. He was first elected to the ACCT National Board in September of 2017 and was one of only 24 Community College Trustees elected from across the United States to serve on the Board.
“It is an honor to not only be one of twenty-four elected from across the United States but now chosen to be one of five to serve on the Executive Committee leading the national board. We represent more than 1200 Community and Technical Colleges that are recognized as being one of the primary resources in regards to Workforce Development and providing Career and Technical Education Programs in our communities and states. ACCT’S mission is to give our Community and Technical Colleges the ability to provide the skills and training students need to achieve economic self-sufficiency and security” said Judge Cooksey, president of MACC Board of Trustees.
"Judge Cooksey has been very active with the ACCT during his tenure as an MACC Trustee. This is a very significant and important national officer position which will allow him to shape and influence critical issues being faced by community colleges across the nation, here at MACC, and for all Missouri Community Colleges. This is quite an impressive accomplishment when one considers there are over 6,500 Trustees across the entire nation working for the community college sector and the students and communities we serve" said Dr. Jeff Lashley, president of MACC.
At this year's annual ACCT Leadership Congress two priority areas of focus were announced for the coming year. The first area is to increase ACCT’s engagement with member boards. Second, ACCT will urge member boards to support efforts to provide educational opportunities to the 2.3 million incarcerated Americans, the majority of whom have no postsecondary education.
About ACCT: Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels.