ELYRIA — Allan Golston, president of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at Lorain County Community College’s 55th annual commencement at 9:30 a.m. May 18.
Golston, who joined the foundation in 2000 as the chief financial officer, became its president in 2006. He leads efforts to advance educational opportunity and student achievement.
The foundation’s work is focused on ensuring all students — particularly low-income students and students of color — receive a high-quality education that leads to success in college and their careers. This is an area where LCCC has made strides, gaining national recognition in 2018 when the American Association of Community Colleges named LCCC first in the nation for Excellence in Student Success — thanks in part to programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“The support LCCC has received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has enabled us to scale our student success work to impact every LCCC student,” LCCC President Marcia Ballinger said. “From our academic advising redesign to our guided pathway model, we have transformed our institution to one that deeply believes in being ‘student ready.’ At every level of our college, we strive to meet each student where they are, regardless of barriers or challenges, and help them succeed.
“Everything we do is based on getting students to that finish line — and much of this work would not have been possible without the support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
Golston oversees the foundation’s U.S. Program education work, which spans early learning, kindergarten through 12th grade and postsecondary. He believes education provides a bridge to opportunity unlike any other in America.