Rhodes State College News

May 03, 2016
Award-Winning Author, Educator to Address Rhodes State College Graduates

LIMA (May 3, 2016) —J. Noah Brown will give the commencement address to the Rhodes State College Class of 2016. The College will confer 270 degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the College's 46th annual commencement exercise at Lima's Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center.

Mr. Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans nearly 35 years in the nation's capital working in the nonprofit sector. Mr. Brown has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan. Mr. Brown's inaugural book, First in the World Community Colleges and America's Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.

Mr. Brown has earned a reputation as a popular speaker at a wide array of events, including college commencement and convocation ceremonies, international conferences, state college association conventions, and other events. He has been featured in PARADE magazine's "Intelligence Report" and has contributed writing to a number of publications, currently serving as a contributing columnist to "FE News", one of the United Kingdom's foremost further-education publications, and is a regular commentator for Higher Education Talk Radio.

In addition to Mr. Brown's address and conferring of degrees, the 2016 Outstanding Alumni will be recognized during Saturday's ceremony.

For more information contact:

Anne Coburn-Griffis, Assistant Director, Marketing & College Relations

About Rhodes State College

Rhodes State College is a public, state-assisted institution of higher learning which is chartered to provide degree-granting career education programs and prepares students for transfer completion of baccalaureate degrees at selected colleges and universities. The college provides non-credit workforce development, consulting for business and industry and prepares students for entry into careers. With over 4,300 students, the college's core institutional values of integrity, caring, responsibility, respect, and quality guide its policies and practices.

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