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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –  The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced that Johnson County Community College President Dr. Andy Bowne is one of 26 leaders selected for the 2022-23 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. This program, made possible by JPMorgan Chase, supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they strive for higher and more equitable levels of student success.

Bowne joined JCCC in July 2020 after serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Indiana community college system. He is currently overseeing initiatives that include the implementation of JCCC’s new strategic plan, the launch of student financial aid opportunities as a participating Kansas Promise Scholarship institution, and efforts to meet the diverse instructional and support needs of JCCC students.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to participate in this fellowship with other community college leaders committed to serving our students, colleagues and communities,” said Bowne. “Learning from other presidents, researchers and experts will, in the end, benefit our students.”

This class of fellows represents the diversity of our nation’s community colleges, collectively serving more than 250,000 students at colleges in urban, suburban and rural areas across the nation. Located in 19 states, their institutions are diverse and include a tribal college with fewer than 300 students along with an urban college that educates more than 35,000 each year.

The fellows were selected through a competitive process. They will work closely with other transformational community college presidents and Aspen leaders over nine months to learn from field-leading research, analyze their colleges’ student outcomes, and clarify their visions for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate.

“I am continually inspired and motivated by the dedication and expertise that our fellows bring to the work of advancing excellence and equity on their campuses,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “I look forward to seeing the changes they make in real time to improve outcomes for their students.”

For more information, visit the Aspen Institute website.