The Austin Community College District (ACC) has commenced a nationwide search for its next Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Affairs. Following a distinguished career in higher education spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Charles Cook, will retire from his position as ACC Provost effective August 31, 2021. The college is committed to making this process transparent and inclusive. This page will provide updates about the search process.
Austin Community College is a nationally recognized public institution of higher education serving more than 70,000 diverse students annually. The college is among the largest in the nation with 11 campuses located across Central Texas, offering more than 100 programs in ten areas of study.
ACC’s identity as a community college is reflected in its work to ensure student success, a skilled workforce, and equitable access to higher education to all who seek it. The college’s academic and career programs, through traditional and distance learning modes, lead to meaningful credentials, including applied baccalaureate degrees.
The Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor is Austin Community College's Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer and reports directly to the Chancellor. They represent the Chancellor in their absence. The Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor has broad and comprehensive responsibilities for the success of students in achieving their goals. Strategies to discharge these responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
The Provost is expected to provide the academic and administrative leadership for the College to achieve a high standard of excellence in instruction and student services. They foster collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and external communities to promote student success through research, use of best practices, evaluation, continuous improvement, shared governance, and student success strategies. They serve as a member of the Chancellor's Leadership Team.
The ideal candidate will share ACC's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. In addition, the ideal candidate will be experienced in culturally-responsive academic practices for engaging with first-generation students and returning students who have been historically underserved.
The successful candidate will join a college dedicated to the use of curriculum that is responsive to the students it serves. Such curriculum includes use of pedagogical techniques that draw on a wide range of high impact and effective practices as well as varying culturally-relevant illustrations and approaches.
A specially-appointed EVC/Provost Academic and Student Affairs Search Committee led the search for the college’s new provost. They were supported by an external executive search firm. The process has now been completed. A report to share all the steps taken in this search will be developed.