National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Names President of Maricopa Corporate College to Board

Eugene Giovannini, president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Arizona, is named to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

Springfield, MA, September 11, 2014 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the appointment of Dr. Eugene Giovannini to its board of directors. Dr. Giovannini is president of Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“I am pleased that Eugene Giovannini has accepted our invitation to join the NACCE Board of Directors,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, chairman of the NACCE board and president of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. “He brings insight and a great deal of experience to the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship development at our community colleges.”

“I’m excited to join the NACCE board,” stated Dr. Giovannini. “The opportunities to support entrepreneurship both inside and outside of the classroom are endless. NACCE’s programs and services highlight those opportunities so that they can be replicated to benefit students and communities. It’s a privilege to be a part of this dynamic organization.”

Dr. Giovannini has been president of Maricopa Corporate College since July, 2013. MCOR is a new institution established by the Maricopa Community College District to provide market-relevant, customized training and educational programs for local, national and/or international business and industry. MCOR engages employers and industry associations to assess and deliver custom workforce solutions to close the skills gap. MCOR also oversees all District entrepreneurial activities and initiatives including the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) and Fahrenheit Labs Student Incubator. Prior to launching MCOR, Dr. Giovannini served as president of GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. His previous positions also included Vice President at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, for seven years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit

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