National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Dr. George R. Boggs
President and CEO,
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Dr. George R. Boggs is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of
Community Colleges (AACC), which represents over 1,100 associate degree-granting institutions and
some 10 million students. Prior to this, Dr. Boggs served as the Superintendent/President of Palomar
College in California and as a faculty member, division chair, and associate dean of instruction at
Butte College in California.
Dr. Boggs holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Ohio State University, a master's
degree in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in educational
administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Community Colleges,
the Community College League of California, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the
AACC, serving as Board Chair in 1993/94. He served as a member of the Committee on Undergraduate
Science Education of the National Research Council and has served on several National Science
Foundation panels and Committees. He has also served on the U.S. Department of Labor Committee
on Skills Gap in the Workforce. He has testified before both state legislative and Congressional
committees on subjects related to higher education. He is the author of more than fifty articles
and chapters in professional journals and books.
Dr. Boggs has been recognized by the Public Broadcasting System with its Terry O'Banion Prize
for Teaching and Learning for "triggering the most significant educational movement of the past
decade." He has been honored by The University of Texas as a Distinguished Graduate. He received
the Professional of the Year Award for Motivational Leadership from the Leadership Alliance, the
Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrators Award from the Association of California Community
College Administrators, the Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of
Community College Trustees, the Stanley A. Mahr Community Service Award from the San Marcos Chamber
of Commerce, the 2004 Paul A. Elsner Leadership Award by the Chair Academy, and the 2004 National
Organization for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Leadership Award.