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2016 Harry S. Truman Award
John E. Roueche
For nearly 50 years, John E. Roueche has been working to
ensure the future of community colleges. He built the premier
training program for aspiring community college leaders and
is considered the foremost expert on community college
Roueche served for 41 years as director of the Community
College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin
(UT), a program that has produced more community college
administrators than any other. More than 500 graduates came
out of the program during his tenure, providing skilled leaders to
hundreds of colleges.
Roueche not only led the program, he also was a teacher and
a mentor. He held the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in
Community College Leadership. He’s also considered the “father”
of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development,
the country’s leading provider of professional development for
community college faculty, staff and administrators.
Though Roueche retired from UT in 2012, he didn’t settle down.
His influence led to the creation of the Roueche Graduate
Center Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership
Program at National American University. Roueche is president
of the center.
During his career, Roueche has written 36 books and more
than 150 chapters and articles. He has spoken to more than
1,300 community colleges and universities since 1970 and
has accumulated numerous honors and awards, including the
University of Texas Distinguished Faculty Award in 1994, the
American Association of Community Colleges’ Leadership
Award in 1986, and the B. Lamar Johnson Leadership in
Innovation Award from the League for Innovation in the
Community College in 1988.
Early in his career, Roueche served as a high school history
and English teacher, community college dean of students and
instructional dean, and faculty member at UCLA and Duke
University. He is a 1958 graduate of Mitchell Community College
in North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lenior-Rhyne College, a master’s at Appalachian State and a doctorate
in higher education administration from Florida State University.
John E. Roueche, President, Roueche
Graduate Center National American