Edward J. Valeau, president of Hartnell College, was recently named chair of the Committee on Public Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the primary advocacy organization for the nation's 1,100 community colleges and their 10 million students.
As chair, he will serve as the major link between the nation's community college CEOs and the AACC for legislative updates.
"AACC's mission," Valeau said, "is to pursue legislative strategies that ease economic barriers which block access to community colleges." He says two of his major interests are increasing federal grants to low-income students and supporting occupational education training programs.
Valeau, who is beginning his 9th year as Hartnell president, is a longtime member of AACC and currently sits on the organization's board of directors, Commission on International/Intercultural Education and Presidents' Academy.
On the state level, he is actively involved with the Community College League of California and has served as chair and vice chair of the organization's Legislative and Finance Commission, which helps to set policy for the state's two-year colleges. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges. In addition, he is president of the California Colleges for International Education.
For more information on the AACC appointment, call Cicely McCreight, Hartnell's director of institutional advancement at (831) 755-6810.