Association of Community College Trustees

Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D.

Narcisa A. Polonio


Narcisa A. Polonio is the Executive Vice President, Education, Research and Board Leadership Services at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). She is recognized as one of the leading authorities on community college governance and presidential leadership. She has facilitated over 300 board retreats and presidential searches. She provides leadership for the ACCT’s Annual Leadership Congress, publications, research projects and leadership services. Narcisa served as president of Harcum College (PA) and Hudson County Community College (NJ). She also served for seven years as a faculty member for the Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.She attended Foothill Community College, CA and holds a BA in History from San Jose State University (CA), an MA from Stanford University (CA), an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

CONTACT: Phone: 202-775-4670 | E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Norma W. Goldstein, Ph.D.

Norma W. Goldstein


Norma W. Goldstein is the GISS Project Coordinator for ACCT. A Dean of Humanities and accreditation evaluator for the past 20 years in Washington State and an academic dean in Maryland, she has served on numerous nonprofit boards and has chaired the Washington State Articulation and Transfer Council.  A long-time editor, poet and writer for national and statewide publications, Norma is currently responsible for various ACCT Trustee Education initiatives and coordinating GISS institutes. She also served as Director of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development and as faculty at various universities and colleges throughout Connecticut, Mississippi and Washington State and taught at Harbin University in China. Norma earned her BA in English and a MAT in Education from Connecticut College, a Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Studies Degree (CAS) in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University (CT) and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Rhode Island and completed postgraduate work at Cambridge University (England) and Dartmouth College (NH).

CONTACT: Phone: 202-775-6488 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mia Settle

Mia Settle


Mia is a GISS Board Services Associate  and provides support on projects, logistics, preparation of presentation and training materials and research. Prior to joining ACCT, she managed all aspects of marketing and proposal coordination for an architecture firm. Mia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Communications from Virginia State University.

CONTACT: Phone: 202-470-4191 | E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1101 17th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20036
United States

Tel 202.775.4667
Fax 202.223.1297

For more information contact Norma Goldstein, Ph.D., GISS Project Coordinator ( ; 202-775-6488) or
Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D., Executive Vice President for Research, Education and Board Leadership Services ( ; 202-276-1983)