Campus Compact today announced that Malcolm “Mal” Coles, former Acting Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCorps, will serve as Campus Compact’s National Service Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year.
With over 50 years of experience in public service, Mal was a key leader in the launch of the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps programs in the early 90s and served as Acting Cheif Executive Officer of AmeriCorps from January 2021-January 2022. At Campus Compact, he will leverage his expertise to serve as a key advisor and strategist for Campus Compact’s national service programs. In this capacity, he will support the Compact’s vision to expand our existing, nationally-serving AmeriCorps VISTA program and help to launch new, responsive and innovative AmeriCorps programs that will benefit Campus Compact member institutions and the larger field of higher education civic and community engagement.
"Having had the opportunity to be involved in AmeriCorps' partnership with Campus Compact since its inception in the 1990s, I am especially honored to be able to continue playing a role as a Fellow,” said Mal. “Their intertwined missions, with a focus on civic engagement and service, have heightened relevance in advancing the goals of social justice and equity both today and in the future, and I look forward to this unique opportunity."
“Mal brings a unique perspective and set of experiences that reflect his deep commitment to public service and distinguished career,” said Matt Farley, Campus Compact director of administration and AmeriCorps programs. “His knowledge of AmeriCorps and related Federal programs are extremely valuable to the Compact as we assess our current national service projects and advance a more comprehensive national agenda.”
Mal will be one of the inaugural cohort of Campus Compact fellows, a group of experienced practitioners and field leaders who will advance Campus Compact’s work in key areas.
“We are so excited to welcome these experienced and passionate leaders into the Compact team,” said Campus Compact President Bobbie Laur. “Their appointments reflect our commitment to elevating and centering member expertise across everything we do. These fellows will play critical roles as Compact moves forward a robust agenda of programming, research, strategic partnerships, and learning communities