The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) today announced the recently elected officers to the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors. The Executive Committee leads the PACCC Board of Directors in determining the statewide direction and policy interests of its member community colleges.
Executive Committee members serve two-year terms, which begin July 1, 2021. Executive Committee members serve two-year terms, which begin July 1, 2021. The following officers have been nominated and approved by the PACCC Board of Directors to the Executive Committee:
- Chair, Executive Committee, PACCC Board of Directors
Mark Erickson, Ed.D.
President, Northampton Community College
- Vice Chair, Executive Committee, PACCC Board of Directors
Tuesday Stanley, Ed.D.
President, Westmoreland County Community College
- Secretary, Executive Committee, PACCC Board of Directors (Second Term)
Lynn Distasio, LPT
Chair, Board of Trustees, Luzerne County Community College
- Treasurer, Executive Committee, PACCC Board of Directors
Marcel L. Groen
Treasurer, Board of Trustees, Montgomery County Community College
“These individuals are highly respected within their community, deeply invested in our mission, and profoundly dedicated to the success of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges,” said Elizabeth A. Bolden, president & CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. “As Executive Committee members, they will work with the Commission to ensure community colleges can increase the workforce readiness skills and educational attainment level of Pennsylvanians, as well as forge new and strengthen existing transfer partnerships with other postsecondary institutions.”
Community colleges and their students and alumni add as much as $13.6 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy, approximately two percent of the total gross state product. Last year, Pennsylvania community colleges served more than a quarter of a million students, who came from all 67 counties in the Commonwealth, as well as more low-income and first-time college students than any other sector of higher education. In 2019-2020, the colleges partnered with 1,811 local employers across the Commonwealth to provide $10.1M of customized training for more than 75,000 Pennsylvania workers, and trained another 12,705 through partnerships with WEDNetPA.
Mark Erickson, Ed.D. is currently serving as vice chair on the Executive Committee. His term concludes on June 30, 2021, when he will become chair of the Executive Committee. Dr. Erickson became the fourth president of Northampton Community College on July 1, 2012, driven by a strong belief that the most innovative, exciting and important work in higher education was – and is – taking place at the nation’s community colleges.
A native of Nebraska, Dr. Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. While earning his doctorate in educational leadership at Lehigh University, he received the Mathew W. Gaffney Award for Academic Excellence. He served in several important positions at Lehigh, including dean of students from 1990-1999, associate vice president and executive assistant to the president from 1999-2001, and vice president for administrative and government affairs from 2001-2005. From 2005-2012 he served as the president of Wittenberg University.
“Community colleges are vitally important to providing accessible higher education and workforce training in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Erickson. “The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has long advocated that community colleges are not only essential to a healthy, vibrant economy, but they are often the only chance at higher education for many of the state’s residents. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and the Commission to ensure our students and the communities we serve are successful for years to come.”
The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a voluntary membership association for Pennsylvania’s community colleges. Members include college presidents, members of the colleges’ boards of trustees, and key college administrators. The Commission represents the interests of and advocates for the collective needs of the community colleges to federal and state policymakers. For more information, please visit www.pacommunitycolleges.org.