Associate VP leaves AACC after 22 years


Associate Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs Alycia Marshall is leaving the college after 22-years. She will become a vice president of academic and student success at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Dan Elson, Editor-in-Chief

The associate vice president for learning and academic affairs is set to leave the college on June 10 after 22 years of service at AACC. 

Alycia Marshall said she’s leaving AACC to become the vice president of academic and student success at the Community College of Philadelphia. She will supervise academic and student affairs on campus.

“I’ve been feeling like I needed to move into a VP position for a while,” Marshall, a former math professor, said. … “I definitely thought that it was an opportunity that I needed to apply for.”

Marshall was a candidate for AACC’s vice president for learning/provost job when former Vice President Mike Gavin left after the spring 2021 semester to become president of Delta College. The college hired Tanya Millner to replace Gavin. 

Marshall was the interim vice president for learning after Gavin announced he was leaving.

Over her 22-year span at AACC, Marshall served as head of the Math Department.

She said her goal is to become a college president.

This past year, Marshall received the League for Innovation in the Community College Excellence Award, which recognizes faculty, staff and leaders for their impact on students and communities. 

She also started the African American Leadership Institute at AACC, which is creating opportunities for minority professors and employees who want to move into leadership positions in higher education.  

Marshall said she chose Philadelphia because of the diverse population.

“I’ve always been committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” Marshall said. “That’s been part of my work since I’ve been at the college, and to be able to be at a college where the diversity of the student population is really high, I really felt that I could be effective there.”

Millner told Campus Current in a statement Marshall had an “enormous” impact at the college.

“She will truly be missed,” Millner noted. “Yet, we wish her the best in her future endeavors.” 

Marshall said she’s most proud of a program she started when she was a faculty member.

The now-defunct Engineering Scholars Program offered grants and scholarships for students.

She noted she will miss working with her colleagues.

“There’s a lot of passionate individuals at [AACC] that really care about students’ success and completion and supporting students,” she said.