Commencement Speakers

Spring 2022 | Mr. Abdul Subhani

Mr. Abdul Sabhani portrait.

Mr. Abdul Subhani is a distinguished leader in IT and a firm believer in the power of higher education and the community college. As founder and President/CEO of Centex Technologies, an IT Consulting Company, he is seen as a worldwide expert in ethical hacking, business intelligence, data breaches, internet marketing, cyber security, IT auditing, and social media assessment and auditing.

He served as an adjunct faculty member for 17 years with Central Texas College and 12 years with Texas A&M University-Central Texas. During this time, Mr. Subhani developed numerous non-credited computer courses for the Continuing Education Department. 

His passion for teaching and learning started at a young age. As a child, Mr. Subhani engaged in numerous community service projects and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After completing high school, he attended a local community college and proceeded to earn a master’s degree in Information Systems where he received numerous academic achievements and recognitions.  

He has been awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, President’s Student Service Award in recognition of outstanding community service, Outstanding Achievement for Youth award from the Central Texas Youth Coalition Incredible Kids Celebration, State of Texas Small Business Award from the Office of the Governor and Texas Workforce Commission, and is a recipient of the 40 under 40 award from Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Mr. Subhani also was honored with the 2018 Best of Small Business CEO of the Year award and recognized on the Inc 5000 list for operating one of the fastest-growing companies of 2018 and 2020. 

His contributions to the community continue today. Mr. Subhani serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin Community College Foundation and is a member of the Exchange Club, Austin Area Research Organization, Advent Health Hospital Community Advisory Board, Texas A&M University-Central Texas Foundation Board, Cabinet member of the Chancellor’s Council of the Texas A&M University System, and was most recently appointed to the Yale School of Management Chief Executive Leadership Institute – CEO Caucus.

In appreciation of his service, the Exchange Club awarded Mr. Subhani the Golden Deeds Award for his various charitable efforts, and in 2020, the Secretary of the Army appointed Mr. Subhani to be the Civilian Aide for the Texas – Capital Region. 

Past Commencement Speakers

  • 2022 (Fall) Mr. Pete Winstead, founding shareholder of Winstead PC, & Mrs. Tomi Winstead, founding member of KLRU’s Producer’s Circle
  • 2021 (Spring) Edward Escudero, President/CEO of High Desert Capital, LLC, and Margarita “Margie” Escudero, critical care-certified registered nurse and El Paso Community Supporter
  • 2020 (Fall) Sen. Kirk P. Watson, Founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs

  • 2020 (Spring) Reverend George V. Clark, pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • 2019 (Fall) Massey Villarreal, CEO and President of Precision Task Group, Inc. (PTG)

  • 2019 (Spring): Dr. Philip Uri Treisman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas at Austin; Founder and Executive Director of UT Austin's Charles A. Dana Center

  • 2018 (Fall): Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield, first President/CEO of the Austin Community College District

  • 2018 (Spring) Dr. Rufus Glasper, President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College

  • 2017 (Fall) Roy Spence, Co-founder and Chairman, GSD&M and Co-founder/CEO, The Purpose Institute

  • 2017 (Spring) Dr. Byron McClenney, former community college CEO. and Dr. Kay McClenney, founding partner of Achieving the Dream

  • 2016 (Fall) Gus Garcia, Former Austin Mayor, founding member, ACC Board of Trustees, and Marina Garcia, Educator and Community Volunteer

  • 2016 (Spring) Art Acevedo, Austin Chief of Police 

  • 2015 (Fall) Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., President, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools

  • 2015 (Spring) Dr. Walter Bumphus, president/CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Dr. Aileen Bumphus, executive director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence Gateway Scholars Program

  • 2014 (Fall) Victor Hwang, Executive Director of the Global Innovation Summit

  • 2014 (Spring) Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director & Chief Executive of National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • 2013 (Fall) Ben Barnes, Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas

  • 2013 (Spring) Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman

  • 2012 (Fall) Wilhelmina Delco, Former Texas State Representative, founding member, ACC Board of Trustees, and Dr. Exalton Delco, Former ACC Vice-President, Academic Affairs

  • 2012 (Spring) Dr. John Roueche, UT-Austin Community College Leadership Program, and Dr. Suanne Roueche, Editor, NISOD Publications, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, UT-Austin

  • 2011 Kirk Watson, Texas State Senator

  • 2010 Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools

  • 2009 Wilhelmina Delco, Former Texas State Representative, founding member, ACC Board of Trustees

  • 2008 Donna Howard, Texas State Representative

  • 2007 Mark Strama, Texas State Representative

  • 2006 Richard Oppel, Editor, Austin American Statesman

  • 2005 Toby Hammett Futrell, City Manager, City of Austin

  • 2004 Gustavo Garcia Austin Mayor

  • 2003 Reynaldo Garcia, Executive Director, Texas Association of Community Colleges

  • 2002 Della May Moore, Outgoing Board of Trustees member

  • 2001 Carole Keeton Rylander, State Comptroller

  • 2000 Will Davis, Founding Member, ACC Board of Trustees

  • 1999 Kirk P. Watson, Mayor, City of Austin

  • 1998 Congressman Lloyd Doggett, U.S. House of Representatives, District 10

  • 1997 Dr. Richard Fonte, President, ACC

  • 1996 Barry Waite, Senior Vice-President Motorola

  • 1995 Dr. Donald G. Phelps, W.K. Kellogg Regents Professor, UT

  • 1994 Dr. Bill Segura, President, ACC

  • 1993 Dr. Charles A. Green, Chancellor, Houston Community College System

  • 1992 Dr. Manuel J. Justiz, A.M. Aikin Regents Chair in Education Leadership, UT

  • 1991 Rod A. Risley, Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa

  • 1990 Lawrence Williford, Sr. VP Corporate Relations, Allstate Insurance Company

  • 1989 Hon. Parker McCollough, Texas House of Representatives

  • 1988 Larry Jenkins, VP, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company

  • 1987 Dr. William H. Pickens, Executive Director, California Postsecondary Higher Education Commission

  • 1986 Gonzalo Barrientos, State Senator, District 14

  • 1985 Dr. Dan Angell, President, ACC

  • 1984 Dr. Lorrin Kennamer, Dean, College of Education, UT

  • 1983 Raymond Bynum, Commissioner, Texas Education Agency

  • 1982 J. J. Pickle, Congressman, 10th Congressional District

  • 1981 Br. Stephen Wlash, President, St. Edward’s University

  • 1980 Dr. Kenneth Ashworth, Commissioner THECB

  • 1979 Wilhelmina Delco, State Representative District 37-D

  • 1978 Carole McClellan, Mayor, City of Austin

  • 1977 Lloyd Doggett, Member, Texas Senate

  • 1976 Jimmy Snell, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Austin

  • 1975 Gonzalo Barrientos, Texas House of Representatives

  • 1974 C.C. Colvert, Professor Emeritus, Community College Education, UT