Commencement Speakers

Spring 2020: Reverend George V. Clark

Reverend George V. Clark

Reverend George V. Clark is the esteemed pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he has served since 1970.

Reverend Clark currently serves as the moderator of the St. John Regular Baptist District Association, President of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, and President of the State Presidents and Moderators’ Council of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc.; he is an active member of the Baptist Ministers’ Union of Austin and vicinity. He is the former Secretary/Treasurer of Education for the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas. 

Reverend Clark was licensed and ordained to the Gospel ministry by the College Heights Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. He served as the Pastor of the St. Mary’s Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas and the Sweet Home Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas.

Reverend Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. He has also been bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Reverend Clark’s former professional experiences include: Public School Teacher in Round Rock ISD, Chaplain of Terrell State Hospital, Chaplain of Austin State Hospital, Director of Training for Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Program Specialist for Texas Rehabilitation Commission in the program areas of alcoholism, chemical abuse, and mental health and mental retardation, Coordinator of Equal Opportunity, Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Director of Office of Civil Rights, Texas Rehabilitation Commission, and past consultant to EEOC.

Reverend Clark has served both locally and nationally in a number of organizations including the NAACP, Texas Public Employees Association, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers and Sisters and Austin Council on Alcoholism.

Reverend Clark was married to the late Bobbie Jean Higgins Clark for over 40 years. He is the proud father of two, the doting grandfather of three, and proud great-grandfather of two.



Past commencement speakers

  • 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