GeorGe r. BoGGs
President and CEO Emeritus of the American
Association of Community Colleges and
Superintendent/President Emeritus, Palomar
College, San Marcos, CA
With his strong work ethic and creative leadership, George R. Boggs has played a pivotal role in
the community college movement.
Boggs served as the ninth president and CEO of the American Association of Community
Colleges (AACC) from 2000 to 2010. During that decade, he helped lead an unprecedented
period of achievement for community colleges. The colleges were lauded by both the Bush and
Obama administrations, and regarded as critical to preparing the nation’s workforce for in-demand jobs of the future.
Under Boggs’ leadership, support for AACC and community colleges grew, and new programs
were launched, including the Voluntary Framework of Accountability and the Plus 50 Initiative.
AACC also became a founding partner of Achieving the Dream. The first iteration of AACC’s core
competencies for community college leaders were developed. The AACC Corporate Council,
an advisory group of business leaders, began in 2005 and continues to support AACC’s work
and student scholarships. More emphasis was placed on diversity at two-year institutions, and
Boggs contributed to a greater understanding of community colleges internationally.
Boggs continues his work with community colleges as a senior consultant and project leader
for College Brain Trust, a California-based think tank.
Before coming to AACC, he served for more than 15 years as president/superintendent of
Palomar Community College District in California, serving San Diego County and enrolling
more than 26,000 students. Prior to that, he was associate dean of instruction, division chair
and instructor of chemistry at Butte College.
He is the author of Handbook on CEO-Board Relations and Responsibilities, numerous
chapters in books and dozens of articles, many focused on the “learning college” concept,
which Boggs helped popularize, and effective leadership and governance.
Boggs is a graduate of the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas
at Austin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The Ohio State University and his
master’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.