Meet Our 2017 Commencement Speaker: Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.

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Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., CPA
President and CEO

March 3, 2016   |     West Now Home

We are pleased to announce the selection of Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, and international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment, as our 2017 West commencement speaker.

Dr. Glasper is also Chancellor Emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest multi-college community college systems. He served as chancellor from 2003 through February 2016, and previously held district leadership positions for almost two decades. 

Nationally, Dr. Glasper serves on the Air University Board of Visitors, the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force that provides dynamic comprehensive education to prepare graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin; the Community College Research Center of Teachers College at Columbia University; National American University, Roueche Graduate Center; and Educational Testing Service, National Community College Advisory Council.

Dr. Glasper served from 2009-2012 as the Committee co-chair for the Lumina Foundation on Education "Getting AHEAD" Initiative, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative by Arizona's education institutions, business community and state government to reshape Arizona's post-secondary education system and enable more residents to successfully attain a college degree. He also previously served as a member of the American Council on Education Commission on Higher Education Attainment, convened by the six presidential level higher education national associations to assess the need for improved college retention and attainment and to chart a course for improvement. From March 2012 to March 2016, Dr. Glasper served on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues. He also previously served on the board of directors for RC-2020, a not-for-profit association of community college CEOs serving major metropolitan areas, the Higher Learning Commission, and the American Council on Education. He served on the board for the League for Innovation from 2003-2016.

Dr. Glasper is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Arizona Community Foundation, The Valley of the Sun United Way, and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences and The O’Connor Institute. He is also an emeritus member of Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Dr. Glasper earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), and a Master’s and advanced degrees in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.

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