Dr. Richard Rhodes served as president of El Paso Community College for 10 years before he joined Austin Community College in 2011..
A native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Arts in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University. He earned his doctorate through the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at the University of Texas at Austin. CCLP honored Dr. Rhodes with its Distinguished Graduate Award in 2001.
His professional associations include the American Association of Community Colleges' 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges; Chair of the Texas Student Success Council; Board Member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council; and Current Chair of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Rhodes is also a board member for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, the Carnegie Foundation, and Educational Testing Service National Community College Advisory Council.
Dr. Rhodes is active in the community, serving as the Chair of the Board for American YouthWorks as well as serving on the boards of local Chambers of Commerce. He also is a member of the board of the Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council; Austin Partners in Education; and the E3 Alliance.
Dr. Rhodes is a certified public accountant in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife, Kate, have four children and five grandchildren. Dr. Rhodes enjoys reading, golf, hiking, and spending time with his family.