The Council on Postsecondary Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Aaron Thompson, senior vice president for academic affairs, has been elected to a three-year term to the board of directors of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP).

NCCEP is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that advances increased access to higher education for low-income, minority and first generation students.

“I am honored to be a national voice and advocate for the many students in Kentucky and across the nation who aspire to college but face additional barriers to their academic success,” said Thompson.

“Kentucky is at the national forefront in tackling the tough issues around college and career readiness,” he added. “Higher education’s strong partnership with K-12, which grew out of Senate Bill 1 in 2009, is definitely a model for the nation.”

Thompson has been with the Council for four years and also serves as a professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a nationally recognized presenter and author in key educational policy areas including academic success, leadership, equity and achievement gap closing, curriculum development, and diversity and cultural competence.

Thompson is the author of numerous books, including Peer to Peer Leadership: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up; Thriving in the Community College & Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development; and Diversity and the College Experience.

He has more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer-reviewed presentations, and his research has been cited in popular publications such as Cosmopolitan, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, and the Tampa Tribune. Thompson holds a doctorate in sociology in areas of organizational behavior and race and gender relations.

For a listing of the NCCEP Board of Directors, visit http://www.edpartnerships.org/board-directors-0.


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