Monday General Session
Rufus Glasper became Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) in 2003. He served previously as the district’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Administration, and Vice Chancellor for Business Services/CFO.
As the CEO of one of the nation's largest systems of community colleges, Glasper is leading MCCCD to address the community's education and workforce training needs. Throughout his tenure, he has paved the education and training pathway for students for career training, transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution, or taking personal interest courses for individual growth and development. Glasper’s leadership is built on three pillars: student success, public stewardship, and ONE Maricopaâ€”working as a single, collaborative college system while maintaining each college's unique identity.
Glasper is known as a staunch advocate for educational access and opportunity and has established inclusiveness, engagement, and respect as the guiding principles of his administration. He oversees all educational and administrative operations of the Maricopa system and provides leadership in matters of strategic planning, goal setting, and the process of bringing the colleges and other learning centers into alignment. Glasper serves as a leader of statewide groups that seek to shape the future of higher education in Arizona, and is a member of numerous boards and organizations whose purposes are to improve higher education locally, nationally, and internationally.
Glasper earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Luther College, and a master's and advanced degrees in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Finance from the University of Arizona.