by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Karen A. Stout recently received the 2012 Chief Executive Officer Award for the North East Region from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
The College’s Board of Trustees, chaired by Michael J. D’Aniello, nominated Dr. Stout for the award.
“Since becoming president of Montgomery County Community College in 2001, Dr. Stout has led the College with vision, passion and always with the community college student at the heart of her work,” wrote D’Aniello in his letter of nomination. “She has affected change throughout our College, the local community, and the community college landscape at large. She has fostered strong relationships with local, state and federal legislators to help progress the community college agenda with long-term goals in mind.”
Under Dr. Stout’s presidency, the College is recognized nationally for its work in student success as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and it consistently earns national recognition for its use of data informed decision making to impact student learning outcomes. In addition, the College has been named to the President’s National Honor Roll for Community Service for five consecutive years, has been designated as a Military Friendly institution by G.I. Jobs for four consecutive years, and has earned national recognition from Second Nature for its work in climate leadership.
A passionate advocate for community colleges, Dr. Stout serves as Chair of the President’s Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University Teacher’s College, is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, and is a Commissioner with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Recently, she was selected as a co-chair of the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) 21st-Century Initiative Steering Committee.
Dr. Stout holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware.