El Paso Community College President (EPCC) Dr. William Serrata was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
AACC is the leading proponent and the national voice for community colleges, representing nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students.
Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (45 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates.
“It is an honor to be elected to serve on the AACC board with esteemed leaders from across the nation who are committed to advancing America’s community colleges,” Serrata said. “Through advocacy and a focus on student success, the AACC Board of Directors will help lead community colleges in their goals to meet 21st-century education and employment needs.”
Serrata, a nationally recognized leader, will offer important insight and perspectives to the 32-member AACC Board of Directors.
He is also a board member for Excelencia in Education, the Higher Education Research and Development Institute, the Texas Student Success Council, the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Success Center Advisory Board. Locally he serves on the boards of the Hospitals of Providence East Campus, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and United Way of El Paso County.
Under his leadership, EPCC has received numerous national accolades including being recognized as one of the Top 10 Colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015, a recipient of the 2016 AACC Excellence Award for Student Success and name by Hispanic Outlook Magazine as the #1 granter of Associate Degrees to Hispanic students among many others.
Serrata was an Aspen Ascend Fellow, a McDonald’s Hispanos Triunfadores for Education honoree and a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award recipient which represent just a few of his accomplishments.