Thursday, October 3, 2013

NAACP presents CGCC's Crawford with Education Award

The East Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will present William H. Crawford, III with the Education Award at this year's East Valley NAACP annual Freedom Fund Gala on Oct. 4. Crawford is vice president of student affairs at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) and was selected for his commitment to educational leadership and the academic success of his students inside and outside the classroom.

"Dr. Crawford exemplifies leadership in the educational community and beyond through his support, encouragement, and participation in activities and programs that promote educational equity which aligns with the mission and goals of the MCCCD and NAACP," said said Erica Alexander, representative of the East Valley NAACP.

Crawford began his employment at CGCC in July 2003 as an associate dean and was subsequently appointed to vice president of student affairs where he enhances the quality of campus life for students and extends the learning environment beyond the classroom. Prior to his career at CGCC, Crawford served as acting vice president for academic affairs and chair of Mesa Community College's (MCC) Administration of Justice Studies Department. He also served 10 years as a residential faculty member and seven years as adjunct faculty.

"Bill is an invaluable leader both at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and in the community. He is a consummate professional and a mentor to many at the college, ensuring that every action and activity taken at the college contributes to student success. The college is appreciative that he will be recognized with this honor,” said Linda Lujan, president of CGCC.

Before transitioning into education, Crawford was employed with the Phoenix Police Department for more than 23 years where he held numerous leadership positions and served with distinction. Currently, he serves as the president of the National Council on Black American Affairs’ (NCBAA) board of directors and is a member of the trustee board for the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Crawford holds both doctorate and master’s degrees in education from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.

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