ACT Expands Board of Directors and Names New Officers

Posted October 08, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Two new members have been added to the Board of Directors for ACT, Inc., and three existing directors have been designated as officers of the board.

The two new directors are:

The new board officers are:

  • Chairman of the Board: Carl A. Cohn, professor and co-director, Urban School Leadership at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Dr. Cohn has been an ACT board member since 2006. He replaces Mark D. Musick, who will remain on the board.
  • Vice Chairman: Dixie L. Axley, vice president (retired) of learning and development at State Farm Insurance Companies. Ms. Axley has served on ACT’s board since 2006.
  • Secretary: Vivien Stewart, senior advisor for Education, Asia Society in New York City. Ms. Stewart joined the ACT board in 2011.

Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D.

Dr. Bumphus has served as president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) since January 2011. AACC is the primary advocacy organization for more than 1,100 two-year, associate’s degree–granting institutions serving more than 13 million students. AACC is headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

Prior to assuming his leadership role at AACC, Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the department of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin. Bumphus previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College.

Bumphus holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a much sought-after speaker and adviser and has consulted with more than 85 community colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Chad P. Wick

As founder and director of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Wick and his team work to bring the future of learning to America’s high schools and create widespread, lasting change in the communities and states they serve. In Ohio, Wick led the development of the Ohio College Access Network which assists the college aspirations of more than 165,000 students each year, directs the concept of turning urban neighborhood schools into Community Learning Centers, and redesigns many low performing urban high schools. Nationally, Wick led the creation of the National College Access Network and the New Tech Network, a group of nearly 130 high schools in 23 states. Nationally, Wick led the creation of the National College Access Network and the New Tech Network, a group of nearly 130 high schools in 23 states.

Wick has worked to achieve equity and respect for diversity inside and outside the education arena, including achieving constitutional changes to support low-income housing.

The recipient of many awards and accolades, Wick continues to drive initiatives that will help effectively prepare students for college, work and citizenship.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Wick has received honorary doctorates of humane letters from both the University of Cincinnati and Youngstown State University. Prior to founding KnowledgeWorks, he served as president and chief executive officer of RISE Learning Solutions, president of Mayerson Company, and as a banking industry executive.