The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2023 Southern Region CEO of the Year
The South Carolina Association of Technical Colleges is thrilled to announce the recognition of Dr. Forest Mahan, President of Aiken Technical College, as the 2023 Southern Region CEO of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Dr. Mahan’s exceptional achievement showcases his visionary leadership, dedication to inclusivity, equity, and excellence, and his profound impact on the field of education.
The prestigious 2023 Chief Executive Officer Award for the State of South Carolina has not only brought honor to Dr. Mahan but has also garnered welldeserved national recognition within the Southern Region. The ACCT represents a network of over 1200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.
Keyatta Priester, Chair of the South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners, Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and Board Member of ACCT, expressed her admiration for Dr. Mahan’s remarkable contributions to the education community. She emphasized, “Dr. Mahan’s commitment to fostering inclusivity and excellence serves as a shining example, not only in South Carolina but on a national scale.”
Joe Lewis, Chair of Aiken Technical College, also extended his heartfelt congratulations, recognizing the significance of this achievement. He remarked, ” On behalf of the Aiken Technical College Commission, Congratulations on being named the 2023 Southern Region CEO of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that Dr. Mahan, through his leadership and collaborative partnerships as well as his focus on student success, is among the best college presidents in the nation.”
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) annually acknowledges excellence in community college leadership, including awards for trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff members. Dr. Forest Mahan’s recognition as the 2023 Southern Region CEO of the Year reflects his exceptional contributions to the field of education and his unwavering commitment to advancing the mission of community colleges.
Dr. Mahan’s achievements are emblematic of South Carolina’s technical colleges’ dedication to fostering a brighter future for students, and this well-deserved recognition is celebrated by the entire community.
For more information about SCATCC and its commitment to technical education advancement, please visit www.scatcc.org