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Dawn Lindsay, President

Portrait of AACC president, Dr. Dawn Lindsay.

A native of Maryland, Dr. Dawn Lindsay is the sixth president of Anne Arundel Community College. She 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 in Social Work from McDaniel College.

Dr. Lindsay has dedicated more than 25 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 believes in open access, quality and diverse educational offerings and the need to build bridges among, and between, internal and external constituents.

Dr. Lindsay comes to Anne Arundel Community College after serving as president of Glendale Community College in California. She believes the educational environment should be student-centered and responsive to the needs of the community.

While at Glendale, she was the regional CEO representative and served as a board member for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, the Alex Theater and the California Community College Athletic Association. She remains a commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Lindsay is an active advocate, representing the needs, values and importance of the community college system at the local, state and national levels.

Dr. Lindsay is known for her ability to develop mutually beneficial community partnerships. Some examples of these partnerships include the Verdugo Power Academy, the Tri-City Fire Academy and the largest Middle College in the United States. She was the first keynote speaker for the "Glendale Character and Ethics Project", was awarded Glendale Chamber of Commerce's "Woman of the Year" and named "One of the Top 20 Female Leaders of Los Angeles" by Business Life Magazine.

Her unique and diverse background provides a multifaceted understanding of the needs of various stakeholders. She has served in the role of staff, faculty and administrator at various community colleges and is intimately aware of the unique needs of both instructional and student service programs.

Dr. Lindsay is thrilled to be working at Anne Arundel Community College due to the college’s stellar reputation for academic excellence, the dedicated faculty and staff and a campus commitment to the students and communities the college serves.