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Hamm, Calvert elected as KACCT and COP Presidents

18 June 2018

Pratt Community College Board of Trustees member Michele Hamm was recently elected as the president of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT). This is Hamm’s fifth year serving on the executive committee, after serving as treasurer and vice president in past years, as well as president for the 2015-2016 term.

The KACCT works to build better futures by advocating on behalf of the 19 community colleges in the state of Kansas through cooperation, collaboration, and communication. As president, Hamm will take a lead in the committee’s quarterly meetings and monthly phone conference calls.

“All 19 community colleges meet together quarterly,” said Hamm. “While each college has different goals and needs, the organization strives to become one voice and give out one message to serve the whole state while serving each own individual interest as well.”

Hamm brings her passion and 9 years of experience on the PCC Board of Trustees to the position.

“I am a product of PCC and I believe that adds to my passion,” said Hamm. “I wouldn’t have believed anyone if they told me I would become the president of the organization and help PCC grow in a lot of ways when I was a PCC student.”

In addition to Hamm being elected as the KACCT president, PCC President Dr. Michael Calvert will transition into the role of president of the Council of Presidents (COP). Calvert served as the secretary on the executive committee during the 2016-2017 term as well as vice president for the 2017-2018 term.

As president of the COP, Calvert will chair a variety of meetings, including a monthly meeting with the System Council of Presidents, which includes the state’s university presidents, through the Kansas Board of Regents. He will also report at the monthly Kansas Board of Regents meetings as well as the Technical Education Authority monthly meetings. He will also be called upon to testify on a regular basis in front of legislature on issues involving the community college sector.

“It’s an honor to be elected the president of the 19 community colleges,” said Calvert. “I look forward to the extended role that I will be involved with. We have a dynamic and diverse group of presidents and I look forward to working with all of them.”

Both Hamm and Calvert will be working with the executive director of the KACCT, Linda Fund. The issues the KACCT will discuss include the proposed K-12 funding and how it will affect higher education as well as how to fund free classes for concurrent high school students.

While it is unusual for one community college to have representatives elected as president in both boards, it is a situation both Hamm and Calvert are excited about.

“It’s great that PCC is well represented in state leadership,” said Calvert.