President of Community College of Philadelphia Receives Chief Executive Officer Award For The Northeast Region

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29, 2010 —The Association of Community College Trustees has named Community College of Philadelphia President Stephen M. Curtis the recipient of its 2010 Chief Executive Officer Award for the Northeast Region.

"Community colleges have taken on new roles and increased responsibilities in recent years," said Thomas M. Bennett, ACCT board chair and a trustee at Parkland College in Illinois. "The individuals who have been selected to receive this important recognition are truly vital to their communities and regions."

ACCT’s regional awards recognize trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members and professional board staff. As the Northeast Region winner, President Curtis is now eligible to be considered for the prestigious Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award, which will be announced on Oct. 22 at the 41st Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Toronto, Canada.

ACCT is a non-profit, educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

President Curtis has served as president of Community College of Philadelphia since 1999. Under his stewardship, there has been a 48 percent increase in graduates since 2000, as well as a 57 percent increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded. The College has created new initiatives and fostered important alliances with regional employers, government leaders and community groups that have made the College a leader in providing educational programs and workforce development.

Led by President Curtis, the College’s transfer programs to other universities and colleges in the region have become an important vehicle by which students can achieve a baccalaureate degree at other higher education institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area.

President Curtis also is leading the first capital campaign in the College’s 46-year history, which seeks to raise $10 million for scholarships and capital improvements.

"Dr. Curtis has served as President of Community College of Philadelphia for 11 years. During this time, Community College of Philadelphia has experienced increased enrollment growth, dramatic gains in student outcomes, significant expansion of new programs and construction of three major buildings to serve students. Additionally, we have entered the public phase of the College’s first capital campaign," said George E. Davis, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

"The success of these initiatives has been possible because of the vision and leadership of Dr. Curtis. He has led our academic growth in program development and assessment of student learning. He has led our support to students by revamping student orientation, developing an early alert system and professional development for faculty which are resulting in positive outcomes in terms of retention and graduation," Davis said.