As the designated representative of the board of trustees, the president is the chief executive officer of the college. The president is responsible for the administration of the institution and implements the goals and policies approved by the board of trustees. The president also serves as the liaison between the various organizations within the college’s governance system and all matters requiring action by the board of trustees.
AACC has a well-defined system of shared governance that engages faculty, staff and students in the major decisions of the college. With the goal of improving student success, this collaborative process allows for input from key stakeholders, encouraging the free flow of ideas and positive resolution of critical issues. The governance structure is a hallmark of the institution and assures institutional integrity to fulfill its mission of service to the community.
Dr. Dawn Lindsay is the sixth president of Anne Arundel Community College.
Lindsay has dedicated over 29 years to the community college system. She leads utilizing the philosophy of servitude leadership and believes the foundation for this leadership style requires a strong ethical platform, transparent decision making; the ability to develop collaborative relationships that are mutually beneficial, a commitment to shared governance and an institutional commitment to student success.
She is an active advocate, representing the needs, values and importance of the community college system at the local, state and national levels. Her unique and diverse background provides a multifaceted understanding of the needs of various stakeholders. She believes in open access, quality and diverse educational offerings and the need to build bridges among, and between, internal and external constituents.
Lindsay serves on national, regional and local boards. She is a member of the board of directors for the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council and the Education Council of the National Association of Manufacturers. Regionally, she is appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. She also serves on the Fort Meade Alliance Board of Directors and on the board of directors of the Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
Lindsay earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a master's in Educational Counseling, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Work from McDaniel College.
Michael H. Gavin, Ph.D., is vice president for Learning at Anne Arundel Community College. He is responsible for providing leadership for Liberal Arts, Business and Law, Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Wellness and Physical Education, Learning Advancement and the Virtual Campus, and Continuing Education and Workforce Development. He also is responsible for learning outcomes assessment and program reviews, instructional and curricular planning, faculty hiring, promotion and tenure, and budget management.
Gavin served as AACC's associate vice president for Learning since 2014. In that role, he oversaw faculty professional development, the college's process of course and program development, and the Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service.
Gavin came to AACC from Prince George’s Community College where he was a tenured professor of English for 10 years before becoming the senior academic administrator in 2012. In 2013, he was a League for Innovation winner for PGCC’s Envision Success program, which is similar to AACC’s Student Success 2020 initiative.
He has published poetry on the themes of memory and gravity and combined his interests in sports and politics in a book published in 2012, “Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina, the Politics of Race and Media,” which explores what a sporting event can mean to people after a major national tragedy.
Gavin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Dickinson College, a Master of Arts in Literature from American University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland.
Felicia L. Patterson joined Anne Arundel Community College as vice president for Learner Support Services in 2008. At AACC, Patterson is responsible for strategic planning, information technology, institutional research, enrollment management, and all student and academic support services including financial aid, admissions and registration, academic advising, retention management, and student life.
Patterson leads the Learner Support Services division to develop programs and projects to help with student retention and satisfaction, increase certificates and degrees, and continue to provide exceptional service to the students. With our Student Success 2020 strategic plan, she also serves as chair of the college’s Achieving the Dream initiative, developing innovative strategies to increase student success.
Prior to coming to AACC, Patterson served as the executive vice president for Student and Enrollment Services at Community College of Denver (CCD) since 2000. At CCD Patterson developed and enhanced numerous student service initiatives, including the creation of a comprehensive Recruitment and Student Outreach office, the design of a one-stop Welcome Center, leading the state system in the development of a First-Year Experience program, and the purchase, remodel and program development of the Tivoli Student Union, the nation’s only student union that is shared by three institutions of higher education. She also led the student services component of the student information system implementation for the Colorado Community College System.
She has served as a consultant evaluator for the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, is a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Denver Program, and served as chair of the Colorado Community College System Student Services Council.
Patterson is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Management at the University of Maryland University College. She holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Howard University.
Melissa A. Beardmore was named vice president for Learning Resources Management at Anne Arundel Community College in May 2008 after serving as acting vice president for a year. Prior to that, she was the college’s executive director of Finance.
As vice president, she manages and is responsible for the college’s operating and capital budgets totaling nearly $180 million. As part of the college’s senior executive team, Beardmore provides leadership on a number of issues including development, implementation and assessment of the college’s strategic plan. She works with the president, board of trustees, and state and county officials to develop and implement initiatives.
She also oversees the departments of Auxiliary Services; Business and Financial Resources; Facilities Planning and Construction; Facilities Maintenance; Risk Management; Human Resources; Document and Copy Services; Public Relations and Marketing; and Public Safety and Police. In addition, Beardmore serves on several collegewide committees, including the president’s Learning Response Team, the Strategic Planning Council and the Academic Council.
Beardmore joined the college in June 2001 as its controller where she instituted several measures that eased the registration and payment processes for students, as well as provided cost savings to the college. While still controller, she served as acting executive director of Finance from January to June 2004, when she was promoted to that post. In that position, in addition to managing the college’s current-year budgets and supervising the Business and Financial Resources office staff, she led the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and wrote the college’s audit committee charter for the board of trustees.
She is a 2007 graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel program and a 2006 Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award winner.
Beardmore has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Loyola University Maryland and is a licensed certified public accountant in Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Maryland Association of Community College Business Officers. She also serves as AACC’s liaison to Anne Arundel County’s Self-Insurance Fund committee, NACUBO’s Community College Council and EACUBO’s Program and Services committee.
Nanci A. Beier was named registrar at Anne Arundel Community College in October 2010 after serving 10 years as assistant registrar for transfer credit, registration and military education at the college. She also had been serving as interim director for the Records and Registration office for nine months prior to her promotion.
Beier has worked in higher education, specifically in the community college environment, for more than 20 years, joining AACC in 1998 as a transfer credit evaluator. Her career shows a continuous increase in responsibility, progressing from a registration assistant and transfer credit evaluator at Prince George’s Community College to her posts at AACC.
Her experience includes daily supervision of Records and Registration staff serving a diverse student population as well as the interpretation of state and federal regulations and academic policies. Beier has presented on issues related to records and registration at the state and national levels. She is an active member of the college community, serving on committees dealing with a number of issues.
Beier earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Prince George’s Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowie State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Bowie State University.
Her professional affiliations include the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Maryland Organization of Community College Registrars and Admissions Officers (MOCCRAO). She also is former president of the Maryland Transfer Credit Evaluators Committee and is a Servicemembers Opportunity College representative.