Austin Community College District selects Richard Rhodes to be college's next president

Austin Community College May 4, 2011
The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to name Dr. Richard M. Rhodes the lone finalist for the college’s next president/CEO. Dr. Rhodes currently serves as president of El Paso Community College (EPCC) and chair of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. The board will immediately begin negotiating terms of the contract and the start date.

“Our thorough, nationwide search resulted in a number of outstanding candidates,” says Dr. Barbara Mink, chair of the ACC Board of Trustees. “Dr. Rhodes has a superb record and extensive experience with the challenges and opportunities facing ACC. We know he will carry out the vision detailed in the college’s Master Plan, including our focuses on student success and expanding our services to address the ever-growing needs of Central Texas.”

During Dr. Rhodes’ tenure at EPCC, enrollment increased 62 percent. Other significant accomplishments include the creation of the College Readiness Consortium (a partnership of EPCC, the University of Texas at El Paso, and 12 school districts), the development of several Early College High Schools (reaching a total of 365 associate degree graduates this month), implementation of dual credit/concurrent enrollment programs with area high schools (increasing from 63 to 5,000 students over ten years), and comprehensive technological advancement.

Prior to becoming EPCC president in 2001, Dr. Rhodes was vice president of business services at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also previously served with EPCC as interim president and vice president of financial and administrative services, as well as comptroller and accountant at New Mexico State University. Dr. Rhodes earned his Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, interning at ACC in the early nineties.

“I’ve been a fan of ACC for a long time, so this is an honor and a privilege,” says Dr. Rhodes. “I appreciate the confidence of the Board of Trustees, and I am committed to living up to those expectations. I look forward to working with the board, faculty, staff, students, and the community to continue and enhance the successes of this great institution.”

The ACC president/CEO maintains authority over all aspects of the college’s operations. Duties include providing leadership in the achievement of the goals of the Master Plan and Student Success Initiative, working with the Board of Trustees in the development and implementation of legislative and institutional advancement strategies, submitting the annual Master Plan and budget for board approval, ensuring sound fiscal practices, and expanding the fiscal resources of the ACC District.
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