Dr. Richard Rhodes becomes the longest-serving president/CEO at the college
The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a one-year extension to President Dr. Richard Rhodes' contract during its regular meeting Monday, November 4. Dr. Rhodes is now the college's longest-serving president to date.
"The Austin Community College Board of Trustees recognizes Dr. Rhodes' leadership as among the best in the nation among the community college community. The goal of the college continues to be student-focused. Under Dr. Rhodes' leadership, ACC has made extraordinary gains to improve student success and close equity gaps," says Gigi Edwards Bryant, Board of Trustees chair.
Trustees also approved a raise to Dr. Rhodes' contract. Three percent was awarded to match the recent collegewide raise provided to all ACC employees. An additional two-percent increase was awarded as a result of a recent market study.
Dr. Rhodes was appointed President/CEO of ACC in September 2011 with an intentional focus to close equity gaps and increase student success. Since he began, Hispanic student enrollment has been steadily increasing, reaching 37 percent of the total student population in fall 2018. Completion and transfer rates also grew. The number of awards is up more than 100 percent from 3,779 in 2011 to 7,796 in 2018.
Under Dr. Rhodes' leadership, ACC has been awarded regional, state, national, and international recognition, including the prestigious Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education. It's also been named a top community college by the Aspen Institute; a Leader College by Achieving the Dream; a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center; and a Board College for the League for Innovation in the Community College. Other accomplishments under his leadership include:
Districtwide Master Planning
To ensure the college's facilities and academic programs are designed to meet the evolving needs of Central Texas. As a result:
To provide students easy-to-follow maps to ensure they take the right classes and stay on track to completion. Initiatives include:
To establish meaningful collaborations to close equity and success gaps and better meet the region's workforce needs. Partners include:
Dr. Rhodes' contract will continue with the college until August 31, 2022.