Place 5: Term ends in 2016, Chair.
Victor H .P. Villarreal, Ph.D., was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in June 2010 and was elected Board Chair in 2015. He served as Vice Chair of the Board from 2012-2014. Previously, he served on the Leander City Council from 2005 to 2009, including mayor pro tem in 2007-2008.
A longtime community volunteer and education advocate, Dr. Villarreal has focused his efforts on advancing initiatives aimed at successfully transitioning students from High School to college, and initiatives providing for expanded college presence and access. Among the initiatives Dr. Villarreal started was a region-wide push to bring more higher education access to Western Williamson County. In 2006, as part of these efforts, and at the time as a Leander city council member, Dr. Villarreal formulated a strategy which included conducting a nine-month public survey and study culminating with a comprehensive 64-page report he authored on Leander’s higher education needs and potential, the first report of its kind for a community in western Williamson County. These reporting efforts, in part, resulted in the establishment of ACC’s Leander teaching Center and, securing ACC’s commitment for a future comprehensive campus in Leander.
Dr. Villarreal has also served his community in a variety of other roles. He has held numerous leadership positions with the City of Leander and Leander Independent School District. These include service as a city planning and zoning commissioner, City Charter Committee vice chairman, and as 2007 Leander ISD Citizens Bond Committee co-chair. With the ACC District, he co-chaired the Campus Advisory Committee for the Cypress Creek Campus, which is based in Leander ISD.
Additionally, Dr. Villarreal has served on the boards of directors for the Twin Lakes YMCA, Leander Library Foundation, Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, Capital Area Economic Development District, and the ACC Foundation. He also has been a longtime volunteer with Leander ISD, serving as a student mentor, classroom speaker, and campus site-based committee member. He is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Leander ISD.
Professionally, Dr. Villarreal is a faculty member at several colleges and universities around the country. Since 2005, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate business, ethics and organizational behavior courses with the Florida Institute of Technology and Colorado Technical University. He was an adjunct management professor at Austin Community College from 2006 to 2010.
Recognitions include Colorado Tech’s Advisor’s Choice Award for Faculty in 2006 and the 2010 Award of Excellence from the Texas Municipal League. Dr. Villarreal is a five-time recipient of the league’s Certificate of Recognition in Education. Dr. Villarreal was awarded a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree and Ph.D. in organizational management and leadership from Capella University. He holds the Certified Municipal Official (C.M.O.) designation from the Texas Municipal League. Dr. Villarreal is married to Sandra L. Villarreal, M.Ed., a professional technologist, and has lived in Leander since 2000.