BELLEVUE, WASH. – Bellevue Community College (BCC) President Jean Floten has received the 2006 national John L. Blackburn Award for Exemplary Models of Administrative Leadership from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA), an award given in recognition of an ongoing pattern of excellence.
The AAUA selected Floten after tracking BCC’s achievements, innovations and national distinctions over several years, according to AAUA Board Member Jerome L. Neuner, who presented the award June 23 at the Association’s 2006 national assembly in Vancouver, B.C.
Neuner cited several awards bestowed on BCC recently, including the national Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Collaboration Award from the Community College National Center of Community Engagement, and the national Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: The Association of International Educators. These awards, Neuner said, are “given to only a handful of colleges and or universities nationally.”
Neuner also noted BCC has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as several years of support from the U.S. Fulbright Program for an international visiting scholar.
In addition, he said, BCC has been selected to offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation and Imaging Sciences and has launched a unique higher education program for developmentally disabled students.
The AAUA award also recognized the college’s success in attracting and supporting students of color. BCC’s student body is more diverse than the surrounding communities, and in recent years the college’s students of color have surpassed other students in measures of ongoing progress and persistence through graduation.
Floten, who joined Bellevue Community College as president in 1989, is widely recognized for developing the college into an innovative, nationally-acclaimed institution.
She is often called upon to speak throughout the state and nation on technology education, college programs, higher education funding and other major issues affecting community colleges.
Floten recently was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2005 Women of Influence and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from City University.
Floten serves on the Educational Testing Service national advisory board, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Key Bank Advisory Board.
She earned Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Portland State University.
Serving 35,000 students annually, Bellevue Community College is Washington state’s third largest institution of higher education. BCC offers transfer study (the first two years of college) as well as career-related training in 90 fields including information technology, health sciences and business. BCC’s Continuing Education division offers programs in computing, various work-related topics, art, travel, languages and personal enrichment, as well as business contract training and small business development. Visit BCC on the web at www.bcc.ctc.edu.