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AACC’s SIXTH PRESIDENT TO START AUG. 1

AACC PRESIDENTS

Martha A. Smith, Ph.D.
1994-2012

Thomas E. Florestano, Ed.D.
1979-1994

Justus D. Sundermann, Ed.D.
1976-1979

Robert P. Ludlum, Ph.D.
1968-1976

Andrew G. Truxal, Ph.D.
1961-1968  


Dawn S. Lindsay, Ed.D., will officially assume her role as the sixth president of Anne Arundel Community College on Aug. 1.

“Anne Arundel Community College is a real jewel,” said Dr. Lindsay. “I have been watching this college and I believe in its mission. There’s so much alignment between my leadership approach, my values and AACC. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for me to return to my roots, so I am very much looking forward to it.”

To watch coverage from the press conference announcing Dr. Lindsay as AACC’s sixth president, click here

A native of Maryland, Dr. Lindsay has served as president of Glendale Community College in Glendale, Calif., since 2009 where she oversaw a combined college and state-allocated budget of $157 million. She also previously held the positions of executive vice president and vice president, instructional services at the college. With more than 25 years experience in higher education, she has served in the role of staff, faculty and administrator at Riverside Community College, Saddleback College and Argosy University in California, as well as adjunct professor and instructor positions at Dundalk and Howard community colleges in Maryland. Dr. Lindsay received the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s “Woman of the Year” award and was named “One of the Top 20 Female Leaders of Los Angeles” by Business Life Magazine.

Dr. Lindsay is a commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges and an active representative for the needs, values and importance of the community college system in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. In California, she served as a regional CEO representative and board member for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, the Alex Theater and the California Community College Athletic Association. While there, she developed numerous community partnerships, including the Verdugo Power Academy, the Tri-City Fire Academy and an emerging Middle College for high school students. 

Dr. Lindsay earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University and a master’s in Educational Counseling, a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S.W. in Social Work, all from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.

AACC made the announcement at a press conference April 3 after an extensive, nationwide search to follow Dr. Martha A. Smith, who will retire from the position after 18 years as president. The college received 120 applications nationwide. From that pool, 12 candidates were interviewed by a Search and Screening Committee led by Trustee and former Chair, Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., and made up of board, faculty, staff and community members. Three top candidates were invited back to the AACC campus to meet further with the college’s eight-member Board of Trustees and the wider college community before a final decision was made.

“Among community college professionals nationwide, Anne Arundel Community College is highly regarded, so it was no surprise that we received a wealth of highly talented and extremely experienced professionals,” said Victoria K. Fretwell, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The board unanimously felt Dr. Lindsay had the leadership qualities, experience and commitment to excellence to meet AACC’s mission mandates and build upon the college’s stellar reputation.”