Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., chancellor of St. Louis Community College, began his term as chair of the Missouri Community College Association’s Presidents and Chancellors Council July 1.
Pittman succeeds Jon Bauer, president of East Central College, and will provide leadership for the association as it represents the interests of community colleges across the state.
“Community colleges’ education and training programs are invaluable to the state and are the solution to workforce and economic development and expansion. Community colleges offer high quality programs to Missourians, both urban and rural, who desire to make a better life for themselves,” Pittman said. “I look forward to leading the Missouri Community College Association with my colleagues as we focus on communicating the value of community colleges to our multiple stakeholders, including business, industry and K-12 districts. With stable state and local funding, we can focus on innovative educational solutions that provide Missouri families with the right opportunities to transform their lives with little or no college debt.”
Starting off his term, Pittman will also lead the search committee charged with selecting the association’s next president/CEO.
Pittman has been a member of the association’s governing board since he became STLCC chancellor in 2015. Before coming to Missouri, Pittman served as vice president of corporate college services and online education at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. Prior to that, he served Ivy Tech for some 27 years in a variety of academic leadership roles across the state.
Pittman’s doctorate in educational leadership, administration and foundations is from Indiana State University. His master’s degree in human resource development is from Indiana State University, and his bachelor’s degree in business is from Indiana University.
The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA brings the state’s 12 colleges together for advocacy, professional development, information and collaboration.