J. Noah Brown

J Noah BrownPresident/CEO
Association of Community College Trustees

J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than 30 years in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah 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. Noah’s inaugural book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.

At ACCT, Noah provides national leadership on behalf of more than 6,000 elected and appointed officials governing 1,200 community colleges throughout the United States. Much of his work has focused on strengthening the strategic connections between community college boards and the array of national and state organizations important to supporting the mission of community colleges. In addition to its focus on advocacy, ACCT also provides trustee education and board leadership services to its member boards.

Noah has volunteered in a number of leadership capacities. He currently serves an ex officio member on the boards for Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., and Council for Resource Development. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, and as a member of the Advisory Committee for Single Stop USA. Noah also recently served as a member of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

Noah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Honorary Associate of Arts from Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey.

He is married and the father of two daughters.





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