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Regional organization honors two MCCCD stars,
including PVCC's Roma-Deeley


lois roma-deeley
Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley is a Paradise Valley Community College English faculty member and head of the PVCC Creative Writing Program.

TEMPE, AZ – Oct. 11, 2013 – Thirty-year Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board member Dr. Don Campbell and Paradise Valley Community College creative writing faculty, Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley, have been named recipients of regional awards by the Pacific Region of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

Campbell was honored for trustee leadership, while Roma-Deeley received outstanding faculty recognition.
“Dr. Campbell has devoted his life to helping people; this award is not a surprise but is certainly well deserved,” said Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “And Dr. Roma-Deeley's efforts have already been given national recognition. Her way of engaging students should serve as a model to other faculty members nationwide."

Dr. Don Campbell was elected to the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board in 1982 and, to date, has been its only African American trustee. He actively served a 29 year term before retiring in 2012; he served numerous terms as president and as secretary. As a graduate of Phoenix College, Dr. Campbell is able to relate well to the challenges of being a minority student at the community colleges. He has dedicated his life to helping at-risk children stay in school while focusing on building positive, successful lives. He continues to work with 7th and 8th grade, primarily Hispanic and African American boys weekly after they are out of school to let them know how important they are and to help them develop life goals.

Roma-Deeley was named 2012 U.S. Community College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She was one of just four honorees chosen from over 300 distinguished professors nationwide.  An award-winning author and poet, Roma-Deeley joined the PVCC faculty in 1996.  Since then, she has inspired her students in the creative writing program, increased course offerings, established a women’s studies curriculum, and developed a visiting writer and scholar lectures series.
Each year, the ACCT names an award recipient in each of its four regions.

The awards were presented at the 44th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, which featured more than 80 educational sessions on best practices for community colleges, fundamental and advanced trustee training, and a town hall meeting dedicated to student success initiatives.

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