Mary E. Harris serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning, Development & Evaluation (IPDE). She is responsible for managing all phases of academic planning, evaluation, compliance and resource development for the College. Prior to her current position Mary was the Executive Director for Grants Development. Mary joined ACC in 2002 as the Executive Director for Adult Education. Previous Higher Education experience was as the Assistant Dean for Leadership and Employee Development and an Adjunct Instructor at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from Brenau University (GA) and a B.A. in Radio/TV Broadcasting from the University of Dayton (OH).
Upon graduation from the University of Dayton, Mary was commissioned a 2LT in the Adjutant Generals Corps (Personnel and Administration). She spent five years as an active duty personnel Manager for the Army Training Support Center, an Army Transportation Group, and the Army Broadcasting Company. As a reservist, Mary helped establish the Army Family Teambuilding program, a readiness training program for military spouses. Her last position with the military was as the Commander of an Army Public Affairs Detachment in San Antonio, TX.
Rachel McElroy has been serving the Austin community since 2008 and joined the ACC Grants Development Office in June 2014. Prior to ACC, she was Director of Grants at United Way for Greater Austin where she managed all grant research, proposal development, and award compliance. She has ten years of experience serving students through a combination of roles held at youth-focused nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. In the past, Rachel has also performed editorial duties at literary magazines including The Missouri Review and The Chicago Review. She has her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.A. in Humanities from University of Chicago.
Susannah Erler started her career journey at KUT radio, Austin’s NPR affiliate, and down the road became Director of WQUB, Quincy, Illinois’ NPR affiliate. She earned her master's degree in Business with an Arts Administration (Nonprofit) specialization from the University of Wisconsin School of Business and dove into helping nonprofits with fundraising, executive transitions and professional development. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a Mission Capital Certified Interim Executive Director. Susannah has played her violin in several bands, she made a documentary about her favorite restaurant (Tamale House #3) and loves to tweet about nonprofit topics.
Travis Jackson has been with ACC since 2009. Prior to joining the department in January 2019, Travis planned, organized, and executed special events for the College, business partners, associations, and external clients. He also assisted with the College's special projects and campus operations. Travis has ten years of experience in event planning and hospitality management. Travis received a certificate in Meeting and Event Planning and has plans to further his education at ACC through attainment of an Associate's degree.