President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College
RUFUS GLASPER, Ph.D., CPA (retired)
President and CEO
Rufus Glasper is President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an
international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college
environment in a continuing effort to advance the community college field and make a positive
difference for students and communities.
Dr. Glasper, Chancellor Emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges, served as Chancellor from 2003
through February 2016, and held district leadership positions for three decades.
Nationally, Dr. Glasper serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Community College
Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin; Community College Research Center, Teachers
College, Columbia University; and The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at
North Carolina State University. Dr. Glasper serves on the board of directors for the Education Design
Lab and COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.
He also served as trustee for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Council on Education.
Dr. Glasper is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Arizona Community
Foundation and Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. He previously served as emeritus member of Greater
Dr. Glasper earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College, as well as a
master’s and advanced degrees in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He
received his doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.