MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees has appointed Olivier Charles, ACCS Vice Chancellor for Student Success, as President of Bishop State Community College, announced on Wednesday (July 13). His tenure begins August 1.

Olivier Charles, ACCS Vice Chancellor for Student Success, appointed President of Bishop State Community College by ACCS Board of Trustees. His tenure begins August 1. Photo courtesy of ACCS/Bishop State Community College.

Charles’ appointment marks one of two of the last permanent college presidential appointments at Alabama’s community and technical colleges. In June, AACS Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Chris Cox as the permanent president of Shelton State Community College. All 24 of the colleges now have permanent presidents for the first time in many years.

“This is my dream job,” said Charles. “And I intend to retire at Bishop State. Growing up on Mobile’s Campground neighborhood, Bishop State was always a physical reminder that opportunities were within my reach. That community-focused role hasn’t changed, and as Mobile grows, Bishop State will be there to help us community share in its success. Mobile gave so much to me, so I see this opportunity to serve as my way of giving back.”

“We are a proud historically black community college (HBCC) and we will always be. I am committed to making Bishop State not just the best HBCU in Alabama but the best community college in Alabama, period. I’m ready to work with our community stakeholders, our students, and our faculty so that Bishop State can achieve its full potential,” Charles added.

“Oliver is a leader who can be integral in building relationships and solidifying workforce training infrastructure. He has succeeded in that role at the Alabama Community College System, and will bring that success to Bishop State,” said Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker. “Olivier sees the importance of Bishop State in Mobile’s past, its present, and its future.”

Bishop State is one of the System’s six historically black colleges and the City’s of Mobile’s only community college. With four campuses committed to serving the residents of Mobile and Washington counties, the college works to incorporate fast-tack, credentialed, transferable and degree-awarding programs to train students with new skills, increase career opportunities for South Alabamians, and support economic development efforts in the area.

Charles has served in higher education leadership for more than a decade, beginning first as Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at the University of West Alabama and as Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Auburn University at Montgomery. Prior to becoming Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Charles served as Dean of Students at Enterprise State Community College.

Olivier Charles appointed President of Bishop State Community College.

Charles directed and managed best practice policies regarding student recruitment, advising, admissions, athletics, financial aid, registration, retention, marketing, ADA, Title IX, and facilities.

Charles earned both a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Master of Science in College Student Development from the University of West Alabama.

About ACCS
With 24 community colleges in more than 130 locations, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is Alabama’s gateway to first-class, affordable education and technical training to complete in a constantly evolving workforce. More than 144,000 Alabamians benefit from the various certification, credential, dual enrollment and degree programs ACCS offers alongside leading industry partners. The System includes the Alabama Technology Network, which provides extesnive training and service offerings directly to business and industry. ACCS is governed by the Alabama Community College Board of Trustees.

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