Gordon State College President to Serve on Board of Directors for AASCU

By Karolina Philmon, GSC Marketing Manager

Gordon State College President Dr. Kirk A. Nooks has been selected to serve on the 2023 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors where he will play a significant role in guiding its strategic direction. President Nooks was introduced and voted into the full membership during AASCU’s 2022 Annual Conference in Carlsbad, California on Nov. 13-15.

“Our Highlander Nation at Gordon State College believes in the values that AASCU represents. I’m honored to serve as director for AASCU where I will continue to provide stewardship that empowers regional economic development, foster innovative strategies, and be proactive in working to understand the needs of our students and community,” Nooks said.

According to its official website, AASCU elevates and transforms member institutions through effective public policy and leadership to enable its members to drive regional economic mobility through student access and success while helping to solve their communities’ most pressing challenges. Their mission includes to expand student access, success and opportunity, promote world-class teaching and experiential learning tied to career advancement, and support applied research and service that advances economic development and quality of life in communities across the country.

President Nooks has partnered with AASCU on several projects and programs in the past including serving on the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) board. The MLI is a premier leadership development program that provides individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest rank of higher education the opportunity to develop skills, gain a philosophical overview and build the network needed to advance to the presidency.

AASCU represents and is the voice of nearly 400 public colleges, universities and systems.