Bucks County Community College announced the inauguration of president Felicia L. Ganther, Ph.D., J.D., as the college’s fifth president. Ganther was formally installed on April 28 at the Newtown Campus surrounded by friends, family and colleagues in higher education from across the country.
Ganther began her tenure as president in July 2021. Over the course of her impressive 25-year career, Ganther has spearheaded initiatives in student affairs, college auxiliary services, college retention services, crisis management, strategic planning, academic quality improvement and first-year student programs.
At BCCC, Ganther created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Board with representatives from all areas of the county. She has also done extensive work to further the college’s collaboration with the county’s K-12 school districts, technical schools and key industry partners in the region.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Ganther holds a bachelor of arts and master of arts from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also holds a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois’ John Marshall Law School in Chicago, as well as a Ph.D. in community resources and development from Arizona State University. She previously served in various capacities at both the university and community college levels. Most recently, Ganther served as the associate vice chancellor for student affairs/chief student affairs officer for the Maricopa County Community College District. She holds certifications in mediation, diversity and equity, change management and strategic enrollment management.
Ganther is active with regional and national level professional activities. She previously served as committee chair for the Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers Association, president of the Skyway Athletic Conference, as well as a member of the American College Personnel Association’s Community College learning community. She also worked closely with initiatives developed through the NASPA Conference on College Men and the Midwest First Year Experience Conference. In addition, since relocating to Bucks County, Ganther has met with a wide range of community organizations and businesses throughout the county to understand their needs and better inform the community at-large of the opportunities obtainable at the college’s three main campuses and online.