Gunder Myran Inducted to Adult & Continuing Education Hall of Fame

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Gunder Myran Inducted to Adult & Continuing Education Hall of Fame


Flynn, William J., The Catalyst


A distinguished community college practitioner has been elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Dr. Gunder Myran, a national leader for almost half a century in the community college field in general and the adult and continuing education field in particular, is the most recent addition to a list of distinguished international educators who are members of the Hall of Fame.

As a former member of the AACC Board of Directors, he was involved in Project Focus which transformed AACC from primarily a presidents' organization to a more democratic one that involved leaders from various administrative fields (adult and continuing education, career education, student services, etc.) in councils affiliated with AACC

He is regarded as the "father" of adult and continuing education in the community college for his seminal work during the 1960s and 1970s as a professor in the Kellogg Community College Leadership Program at Michigan State University, where he created a new definition for community services and adult and continuing education that provided the conceptual framework for the national movement of community colleges from campusbased to community-based institutions.

Since the 1970's, Dr. Myran has continued to influence national community college directions through his role as a community college president and his writing, teaching, consulting, and speaking. Dr. Myran worked with the American Association of Community Colleges, as a part of the Kellogg Foundation grant, to engage community and technical colleges in the emerging adult and continuing education field through publications, national workshops, and presentations. During that period, Dr. Myran served on the AACC Board of Directors and was a founder of the National Council on Community Services as an affiliate of AACC (now called the National Council for Continuing Education and Training). …

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