Chancellor, Wayne County
Community College District

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Chancellor of the Wayne County Community College District, has been a national thought leader, educator, columnist, author, scholar, equity advocate and force for change in Southeast Michigan for more than two decades.

Under his leadership, WCCCD, the largest urban community college district in the state has been transformed into a thriving, six-campus inclusively pluralistic District that serves more than 70,000 students annually.

Ivery has assembled academic, community, business and government leaders at the table across a series of roundtables and conferences to develop strategies to expand educational equity and economic mobility in our region, and throughout the nation.

Prior to becoming the CEO of WCCCD, he served in executive positions at community colleges in Texas and Arkansas.  As well, he served as the Commissioner/CEO of human services in the cabinet of Bill Clinton when he was the governor of Arkansas. 

He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Trumpet Award for Education in 2016, and the Leadership Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Ivery was named a Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News in 2005, for his significant contributions both locally and statewide. He was named the “2008 Newsmaker of the Year” by the Michigan Chronicle, which also honored Dr. Ivery as its “Man of Excellence,” in the same year.

Join us and many other institutions, organizations, and colleagues in this recognition of Dr. Ivery's career achievements.

With regret and an abundance of caution related to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the planned 2020 Diverse Champions Award reception at the AACC National Convention has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
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