Dr. Gregg Busch serves as the fifth President of Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, New Mexico. He was named President for Latino Student Success with Excelencia in Education. He is ranked among the top 4% of college and university presidents nationwide and has nearly 40 years’ experience as a chief executive officer in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors as well as more than 20 years, in higher education leadership and administration. He is a proud community college advocate and is a scholar, researcher, author, and educational theorist having his research cited more than 5,000 times worldwide. He is a seasoned culturally inclusive community college leader, and a recognized local, state, national, and international authority on student success, access, and community college leadership.
Before entering administration, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy at West Virginia University at Parkersburg where he also served as founding Director of the Honors College, led study abroad, and taught in 14 countries. He was thrice recognized as Professor of the Year, twice recipient of SBR Distinguished Professorship, ranked among the top 2,000 professors worldwide by Cambridge University and a 2008 recipient of the national award for Teaching and Leadership Excellence from NISOD. In 2020, 2021, and 2022 he was recognized among the Global Top 100 Leaders of Education. He is a founding member of the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration, served on the Ohio Statewide Transfer Council and was an elected member of the first West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors. He has served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Washington State Community College (Marietta, Ohio), Dean of Liberal Arts and the Honors College at North Central State College (Mansfield, Ohio) and Vice President for Instruction, Guided Pathways, and Dual Enrollment and a Chief Academic Officer of Pima Community College (Tucson, Arizona). In addition to his presidency at Mesalands Community College, he currently serves on the doctoral faculty for St. Leo University (St. Leo, Florida), is a member of the Peer Review Corps with The Higher Learning Commission, and serves on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation national advisory committee for improving student success at Minority Serving Institutions as the only presidential representative for Hispanic Serving Institutions.
He is a national leader of educational reform having led statewide initiatives to improve student success, access, reduce student debt, and close the equity gap for minority students including Hispanic and Native American students of the southwest. He has long been affiliated with Complete College America where he serves as a National Student Success Content Expert and was the founding State Team Lead of Complete College Arizona for postsecondary education reform resulting in improved success and access for more than 400,000 Arizona students. He is very engaged with statehouses across the country and has spoken several times before Congressional subcommittees as an advocate for various aspects of community college education and working directly with lawmakers in shaping the Congressional and state agenda for community college education. He is currently collaborating with The White House on improving rural community college success.
He is a first-generation, low-income, rural student who credits the local community college for changing his life. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University, School of Medicine, and a Doctor of Education from West Virginia University, College of Human Services and Education. He has additional post-graduate studies from Marshall University, University of Louisville, and West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.
As a person living with Parkinsons Disease, he is dedicated to research and finding a cure in collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research, Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinsons, and the Parkinsons Disease Foundation.