AFIT’s Executive Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Gregg Busch, president of Mesalands Community College to our Alliance. Dr. Busch took the helm in May 2021 and brings more than 20 years’ experience in higher education leadership and administration along with decades of additional experience as a chief executive officer in the private, public, nonprofit sectors.
"As a lifelong learner who genuinely believes you can always improve upon your performance and effectiveness, I am delighted to be selected to join fellow CEO's from across the nation with AFIT,” says Dr. Busch. “The opportunities to share, learn, grow, and mentorship are the perfect combination to improve upon my leadership and commitment to sustainability of student success and closing the equity gap for students who face greater challenges to achieving their goals and changing their lives."
Throughout his community college experience, Dr. Busch has served in many roles, including:
- an adjunct instructor and full-time assistant professor (recognized three times as Professor of the Year, twice recipient of Distinguished Professorships, and ranked among the top 2000 professors worldwide by Cambridge University);
- a discipline coordinator, program coordinator, dean of academic and student affairs (two institutions), and lead for accreditation and strategic enrollment management;
- the chief diversity officer (three institutions);
- the dean for articulation and transfer, dean of the honors college (two institutions), chief academic officer;
- vice president for instruction, vice president for dual enrollment, vice president for guided pathways;
- and as an elected member of the board of trustees of a community college.
He is currently serving as the only president representing Hispanic Serving Institutions on a national board of advisors for improving student success for HBCU's, HSI's, and other MSI's for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Complete College America; he is working with The White House and the US Department of Education to improve student success in rural America; he serves as a national Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease; and he is on the Board of Directors for Collaboration for Higher Education Shared Services.
Dr. Busch holds a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University, School of Medicine and additional post graduate studies from Marshall University Graduate College. He earned his Doctor of Education from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration and Leadership.
Dr. Duane G. Brooks, Mesalands chief of staff and assistant to the president, will serve as AFIT’s Rep. Dr. Brooks has extensive experience teaching in higher education and has served on several advisory boards and committees at multiple institutions. In addition, he has 15 years of corporate experience in the telecommunications industry.
Dr. Brooks received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; an MBA Degree from California State University – Stanislaus; and a Doctorate in Education from University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Please join us in welcoming them to our alliance!