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Board History

Austin Community College was established in accordance with the Texas Education Code and as approved by the voters of the Austin Independent School District on December 9, 1971. In the fall of 1973, Austin Community College opened with 2,363 students. The College was governed by a seven-member Board with the same membership as the Austin Independent School District. The College had no taxing authority and owned no real estate. Its boundaries were the same as the School district.

Highlights of ACC Organizational History

  • Initial Approval -1971
  • SACS accreditation - 1978
  • Separate Board approved - 1982
  • Leander ISD joined - 1985
  • Tax base approved - 1986
  • Manor ISD joined - 1998
  • Tax increase approved - 2003
  • Del Valle ISD joined – 2004 
  • Remainder of City of Austin annexed – 2005
  • All of Round Rock ISD annexed - 2008
  • Hays CISD and Elgin ISD annexed in 2010

Board Highlights

Voter approval of tax increase

ACC's original taxing authority was granted by voters in 1986.

It was capped at 5 cents. On May 3, 2003, voters approved an increase in the ACC tax rate limit from 5 cents per $100 to 9 cents per $100, phased in over 3 years. Voters also approved a $99 million bond issue that will require additional taxes of slightly less than 1 cent per $100 to service.

Annexation into ACC taxing district

  • November 5, 1985, voters of the Leander Independent School District approved annexation to the ACC district by a vote of 83%.
  • November 1998, the voters of Manor Independent School District approved joining the ACC district by a vote of 70%. May 15, 2004, the voters of Del Valle Independent School District approved annexation to the ACC district by a vote of 66.4%.
  • May 7, 2005, the All of Austin election extended ACC taxing authority to include portions of the Eanes, Pflugerville, and Round Rock ISDs that overlay within City of Austin boundaries. Voters approved the proposal by 79%.
  • May 10, 2008, the voters of the portion of the Round Rock Independent School District that had not been previously been in the ACC District voted to join by a vote of 64.5%.
  • November 2, 2010, the voters in Elgin ISD and Hays CISD voted to join the taxing district. The measure passed in Elgin ISD by 61 percent, or 2,494 to 1,567. In Hays CISD, 59 percent of voters approved the measure, or 6,931 to 4,924.

Board of Trustees President/Chairman and Terms of Office

1973-Present

  • Will D. Davis, Founding Board President, December 1972
  • Will D. Davis, 1973 – 1974
  • M. K. Hage, Jr., 1974 – 1976
  • Carole K. McClellan, 1976 – March 1977 (Resigned to run for City Mayor)
  • Gus L. Garcia, March 1977 – 1978
  • Rev. Marvin Griffin, 1978 – 1980
  • Will D. Davis, 1980 – 1982
  • Jerry Nugent, 1982 – 1984
  • Royce Faulkner, 1984 – 1986
  • Jan Albers, 1986 – 1988
  • Bruce M. Murray, 1988 – 1990
  • Pete Foster, 1990 – 1992
  • Mack Ray Hernandez, 1992 – 1994
  • Della May Moore, 1994 – 1996
  • Carol Nasworthy, 1996 – 1998
  • Beverly Watts Davis, 1998 – 2000
  • Lillian Davis, 2000 – 2002
  • Rafael Quintanilla, 2002 – 2004
  • Barbara Mink, 2004 – 2006
  • John F. Hernandez, 2006- 2008
  • Nan McRaven, 2008-2010
  • Barbara P. Mink,  2010-2012
  • Jeffrey K. Richard, 2013-2014
  • Victor H.P. Villarreal, 2015-

Board of Trustees

1973-1980

Founding Board Members (took office February 12, 1973)
Will D. Davis, President
M. K. Hage, Jr., Vice President
Wilhelmina Delco, Secretary
Dr. Pat Cato
Frank W. Denius
Gus Garcia
Carole Keeton McClellan

1973 - 1974
Will D. Davis, President
M. K. Hage, Jr., Vice President
Wilhelmina Delco, Secretary
Dr. Pat Cato
Frank W. Denius
Gus Garcia
Carole Keeton McClellan
J. Don Smith (appointed to serve one year of Denius' unexpired term)

1974 - 1976
M. K. Hage, Jr., President
Carole Keeton McClellan, Vice President
Gus Garcia, Secretary
Will D. Davis
Rev. Marvin C. Griffin
DeCourcy Kelley
Jerry Nugent

1976 - 1977
Carole Keeton McClellan, President
Gus Garcia, Vice President
Rev. Marvin C. Griffin, Secretary
Will D. Davis
M. K. Hage, Jr.
DeCourcy Kelley
Jerry Nugent   

1977 - 1978
Gus Garcia, President (McClellan resigned)
Rev. Marvin Griffin, Vice President
Jerry Nugent, Secretary
Will D. Davis
Winnie Gage (appointed to serve unexpired term of Carole McClellan)
M. K. Hage, Jr.
DeCourcy Kelley

1978 - 1980
Rev. Marvin Griffin, President
Jerry Nugent, Vice President
DeCourcy Kelley, Secretary
Nan Clayton
Will D. Davis
M. K. Hage, Jr.
Manuel Navarro

1980-1990

1980 - 1982
Will D. Davis, President
Nan Clayton, Vice President
Manuel Navarro, Secretary
Steve Ferguson
Jerry Nugent
Ed Small
Dr. Peter Werner

On March 1, 1982, the Board of Trustees of the Austin Independent School District and of Austin Community College approved a resolution to divest itself of the management, control and operation of the College and to appoint a separate Board of Trustees as prescribed by Section 130.016 of the Texas Education Code. The nine-member board is elected at-large for six-year terms, with three members (one-third) standing for election every even-numbered year. The newly appointed Board of Trustees was installed March 7, 1982. At its first official meeting, officers were elected and terms of office were drawn and assigned.

1982 - 1984
Jerry Nugent, Chairman [four-year term ending 1986]
M. K. Hage, Jr., Vice Chairman [two-year term ending 1984]
Ada Anderson, Secretary [four-year term ending 1986]
Jan Albers [two-year term ending 1984]
Royce Faulkner [six-year term ending 1988]
L.G. Ferguson [four-year term ending 1986]
Gilbert Martinez [six-year term ending 1988]
Della May Moore [two-year term ending 1984]
Dr. Bruce M. Murray [six-year term ending 1988]

1984 - 1986
Royce Faulker, Chairman [term ending 1988]
L.G. Ferguson, Vice Chairman [term ending 1986]
Jan Albers, Secretary [term ending 1990]
Ada Anderson [term ending 1986]
Bill Hall [term ending 1990]
Gilbert M. Martinez [term ending 1988]
Della May Moore [term ending 1990]
Bruce M. Murray [term ending 1988]
Jerry Nugent [term ending 1986]

1986 - 1988
Jan Albers, Chairman [term ending 1990]
Gilbert M. Martinez, Vice Chairman [term ending 1988]
Dr. Bruce M. Murray, Secretary [term ending 1988]
Della May Moore [term ending 1990]
Pete Foster [term ending 1992]
Royce Faulkner [term ending 1988]
Bill Hall [term ending 1990]
Linda Hanson [term ending 1992]
Roosevelt Leaks [term ending 1992]

In 1985, the Legislature passed an Appropriations Bill which stated, "It is the intent of the Legislature that all public junior colleges receiving state appropriations shall initiate procedures necessary to secure ad valorem revenues sufficient to supplement the funding of the district by August 31, 1987."

ACC held a successful tax base election on March 15, 1986. The measure called for a maximum of 5¢ per $100 assessed property valuation. On March 25, 1986, the Board of Trustees set a .0475 tax rate.

1988 - 1990
Bruce M. Murray, Chairman [term ending 1994]
Della May Moore, Vice Chairman [term ending 1990]
Roosevelt Leaks, Secretary [term ending 1992]
Jan Albers [term ending 1990]
Pete Foster [term ending 1992]
Linda Gray (Hanson) [term ending 1992]
*Bill Hall [term ending 1990]
Mack Ray Hernandez [term ending 1994]
**Larry Jenkins [appointed to serve the unexpired term of Bill Hall]
Murray Shaw [term ending 1994]

*Mr. Bill Hall resigned from the Board on December 2, 1988.
**Mr. Larry Jenkins resigned from the Board effective December 4, 1989, to accept an appointment to the State Coordinating Board.

1990-2000

1990 - 1992
Pete Foster, Chairman [term ending 1992]
Mack Ray Hernandez, Vice Chairman [term ending 1994]
Linda Gray, Secretary [term ending 1992]
Roosevelt Leaks [term ending 1992]
Paul Linehan [term ending 1996]
Della May Moore [term ending 1996]
Dr. Bruce M. Murray [term ending 1994]
Dr. Carol Nasworthy [term ending 1996]
Murray Shaw [term ending 1994]

1992 - 1994
Mack Ray Hernandez, Chairman [term ending 1994]
Carol Nasworthy, Vice Chairman [term ending 1996]
Paul Linehan, Secretary [term ending 1996]
Beverly Davis [term ending 1998]
Hunter Ellinger [term ending 1998]
Pete Foster [term ending 1998]
Bruce M. Murray [term ending 1994]
Della May Moore [ term ending 1996]
*Murray Shaw [term ending 1994]
*Mr. Murray Shaw resigned from the Board on May 11, 1993, to accept the appointment to the Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University]

1994 - 1996
Della May Moore, Chairman [term ending 1996]
Hunter Ellinger, Vice Chairman [term ending 1998]
Beverly Watts-Davis, Secretary [term ending 1998]
Pete Foster [term ending 1998]
Mack Ray Hernandez [term ending 2000]
Allen Kaplan [term ending 2000]
Paul Linehan [term ending 1996]
Dr. Carol Nasworthy [term ending 1996]
Dr. John Worley [term ending 2000]

1996 - 1998
Dr. Carol Nasworthy, Chairman [term ending 2002]
Beverly Watts-Davis, Vice Chair [term ending 1998]
Dr. Lillian Davis, Secretary [term ending 2002]
Hunter Ellinger [term ending 1998]
Sharon Knotts Green* [appointment effective: November 4, 1996, to fill the unexpired term of Pete Foster ending 1998]
Allen Kaplan [term ending 2000]
Della May Moore [term ending 2002]
Rafael Quintanilla** [appointment effective: May 22, 1997, to serve until the next election (1998) to fill the unexpired term of Mack Ray Hernandez ending 2000]
Dr. John Worley [term ending 2000]
*Pete Foster resigned from the Board on August 5, 1996, to accept a position in Houston.
**Mack Ray Hernandez resigned from the Board on March 3, 1997.

1998-2000
Beverly Watts Davis, Chair [term ending 2004]
Allen Kaplan, Vice Chair [term ending 2000]
Hunter Ellinger*, Secretary [term ending 2000]
Lillian Davis [term ending 2002]
Della May Moore [term ending 2002]
Carol Nasworthy [term ending 2002]
Rafael Quintanilla [term ending 2004]
Beverly Silas [term ending 2004]
John Worley [term ending 2000]
*Elected to fill the unexpired Place 7 term of Mack Ray Hernandez (ending in 2000); previously held Place 5.

2000-2010

2000-2002
Lillian Davis, Chair [term ending 2002]
Beverly Silas, Vice Chair [term ending 2004]
John Worley, Secretary [term ending 2006]
Beverly Watts Davis [term ending 2004]
Allen Kaplan [term ending 2006]
Barbara Mink [term ending 2006]
Della May Moore [term ending 2002]
Carol Nasworthy [term ending 2002]
Rafael Quintinilla [term ending 2004]

2002-2004
Rafael Quintinilla, Chair [term ending 2004]
Barbara Mink, Vice Chair [term ending 2006]
Allen Kaplan, Secretary [term ending 2006]
Beverly Watts Davis [term ending 2004]
Lillian Davis [term ending 2008]
John Hernandez [term ending 2008]
Nan McRaven [term ending 2008]
Beverly Silas [term ending 2004]
John Worley [term ending 2006]

2004-2006
Barbara Mink, Chair [term ending 2006]
John Hernandez, Vice Chair [term ending 2008]
Jeffrey Richard, Secretary [term ending 2010]
Lillian Davis [term ending 2008]
Allen Kaplan [term ending 2006]
Nan McRaven [term ending 2008]
Rafael Quintanilla [term ending 2010]
Veronica Rivera [term ending 2010]
John Worley [term ending 2006]

2006-2008
John Hernandez, Chair [term ending 2008]
Nan McRaven, Vice Chair [term ending 2008]
James W. McGuffee, secretary* [term ending 2012]
Lillian Davis [term ending 2008]
Allen Kaplan [term ending 2012]
Barbara Mink [term ending 2012]
Rafael Quintanilla [term ending 2010]
Jeffrey Richard [term ending 2010]
Veronica Rivera, [term ending 2010]
* Veronica Rivera served as Board Secretary from June 5, 2006-June 4, 2007, and did not seek re-election by Trustees as Board Secretary. James McGuffee was elected to the post on June 4, 2007.

2008-2010
Nan McRaven, Chair [term ending 2014]
Veronica Rivera, Vice Chair [term ending 2010]
James W. McGuffee, Secretary [term ending 2012]
Raul Alvarez [term ending 2010] *
John-Michael Cortez [term ending 2014]
Tim Mahoney [term ending 2014]
Allen Kaplan [term ending 2012]
Barbara Mink [term ending 2012]
Jeffrey Richard [term ending 2010]
*Elected to fill the unexpired Place 5 term of Rafael Quintanilla (ending in 2010).

2010-2016

2010-2012
Barbara P. Mink, Chair (term ending 2012)
Allen Kaplan, Vice Chair, Sept. 2010-June 2011 (term ending 2012)
Jeffrey K. Richard, Vice Chair, July 2011-December 2012 (term ending 2016)
John-Michael Cortez, Secretary (term ending 2014)
Tim Mahoney (term ending 2014)
James McGuffee (term ending 2012)
Nan McRaven (term ending 2014)
Guadalupe Q. Sosa (term ending 2016)
Victor H. P. Villarreal (term ending 2016)

2013-2014
Jeffrey K. Richard, Chair (term ending 2016)
Victor H.P. Villarreal, Vice Chair (term ending 2016)
Guadalupe Q. Sosa, Secretary (term ending 2016)
John-Michael Cortez (term ending 2014)
Betty W. Hwang (term ending 2018)
Allen Kaplan (term ending 2018)
Tim Mahoney (term ending 2014)
Nan McRaven (term ending 2014)
Barbara P. Mink (term ending 2018)

2015-2016
Victor H.P. Villarreal, Chair (term ending 2016)
Allen Kaplan, Vice Chair (term ending 2018)
Barbara P. Mink, Secretary (term ending 2018)
Mark Williams (term ending 2020)
Gigi Edwards Bryant (term ending 2020)
Nan McRaven (term ending 2020)
Jeffrey K. Richard(term ending 2016)
Guadalupe Q. Sosa (term ending 2016)
Betty W. Hwang (term ending 2018)
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