Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I extend an invitation to all academic professionals in the Western states to join us as members of the Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance) for significant conversations about what matters most to institutions of higher education:  the success of our diverse students.  The members of the Alliance have pledged to address some of the biggest issues facing the community colleges and technical schools today.  Many of these challenges benefit from discourse, thinking, and collaborations beyond the scope of a single institution or state.  As chief academic officers for two-year institutions, systems, and state agencies, we must make courageous leadership decisions in an increasingly complex higher education landscape.  At times we could benefit from the advice and expertise of other academic professionals who have dealt with similar issues, and the Alliance offers those opportunities for you.  Year-round you can use the Alliance listserv ( to reach your colleagues easily to ask questions or share information and in the spring we welcome your attendance at our annual convening.  With creative energy, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm, we have embraced the “change agenda” and are working collectively on some effective solutions; together we can have a stronger voice.

Maria Harper-Marinick, Alliance Chair
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Maricopa Community Colleges