The American Association of Community Colleges inducted Greg Hamann into its Hall of Fame during an event this month in New York. (Photo by Linn-Benton Community College)

The American Association of Community Colleges announced Greg Hamann as one of six new members of its national Hall of Fame and earned the 2022 Leadership Award.

Hamann is the president-emeritus of Linn-Benton Community College, where he served as LBCC president for 10 years before retiring in 2020.

AACC announced and inducted awardees at its annual conference this month in New York City. Recipients were chosen for their unique and impactful contributions to the community college sector over their careers.

“If I’ve learned anything over these past 40 years in higher education, I’ve learned that leadership is not an individual sport,” Hamann said during his acceptance speech. “I would not be here if not for the educators that I’ve worked for who saw some possibility in me way before I saw it in myself.

“I would not be here if not for the co-workers who affirmed what was good in me … and graciously encouraged me to consider the things that weren’t so good,” he added. “I would not be here if not for the students who taught me as much as I taught them.”

During Hamann’s tenure as LBCC president, he grew the college’s mission of student success in a number of ways, including launching a nationally recognized Guided Pathways initiative, increasing capacity for health care and career technical education programs, passing a bond initiative that led to the construction of several new buildings, creating a local Pipeline to Jobs program, and leading new efforts in equity, diversity and inclusion.