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El Paso Community College President Serrata named Top College CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) presented Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, the 2019 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award.

Serrata was originally announced as a Western region finalist and ACCT presented him the national award during the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress.  The award honors chief executive officers who demonstrate commitment to excellence in advancing the community college movement.

“Dr. Serrata is a true champion of EPCC’s efforts to provide innovative opportunities in higher education,” Board Chair Brian Haggerty said.  “Under his leadership, EPCC has increased completion rates for degrees and certificates, improved transfer rates, accelerated college-readiness and achieved national and regional recognition for the college.”

The award also recognizes community college CEO’s for supporting innovation, service to post-secondary education and strong leadership.

“Dr. Serrata embodies the dynamic and visionary leadership ACCT seeks to recognize, not only for making a measurable impact at EPCC, but also for his commitment to education locally, regionally and nationally,” EPCC officials said via a news release.

Serrata has served at EPCC since 2012, where in the time he has served as EPCC President, the college has seen increases in student success outcomes and has become a nationally recognized institution, including being named one of the Top 10 Colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015 and received the prestigious AACC Student Success Award in 2016.

“Dr. Serrata is transforming education with progress, innovation and engagement,” Haggerty said.

For Dr. Serrata, it all begins and ends with student success which guides his vision as a leader.  “EPCC and the El Paso community as a whole could not have chosen a better leader than Dr. Serrata to advance student success,” Board Trustee Belen Robles said.  “His passion for ensuring that every student not only has access to higher education, but also the support to be successful is making a difference.”

Today, EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs.

“The college remains focused on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering excellence.  By creating a college-going culture and implementing innovative student success initiatives, EPCC is transforming the pathway to higher education and developing a better-prepared workforce for our region,” EPCC officials shared.   

The ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

EPCC President named Top CEO by Association of Community College Trustees

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) announced Thursday that Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, was chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Western Regional Chief Executive Officer Award.

“He is a pivotal force that is transforming education with progress, innovation and engagement both for EPCC and higher education as a whole,” EPCC Board Chair Brian Haggerty said. “Dr. Serrata is a true champion of EPCC’s efforts to provide innovative opportunities in higher education and always seeks to improve student outcomes.”

The award recognizes community college CEOs for innovation, service to post-secondary education and strong leadership. The honorees are recognized not only for the impact at their community colleges, but also for their commitments to post-secondary education locally, regionally and nationally.

Via a Thursday afternoon news release, ACCT officials shared that, “Serrata has served at EPCC since 2012 where he has proven himself a dynamic and influential leader.”

“In the time he has served as EPCC President, the college has seen impressive increases in student success outcomes and has become a nationally recognized institution, including being named one of the Top 10 Colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015 and received the prestigious AACC Student Success Award in 2016,” ACCT officials added.

The ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

This award will be presented during the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in San Francisco in October 2019.

EPCC’s Dr. William Serrata selected as a Presidential Mentor

El Paso Community College (EPCC) President, Dr. William Serrata’s expertise in serving minority students will be highlight at a national forum.

The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CSMI) in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania selected Serrata as a Presidential Mentor for mid-career aspiring leaders at the second Minority Servicing Institutions (MSI) Aspiring Leaders Forum.

“Ultimately, this program seeks to equip individuals, often on the periphery of discussions on leadership, with the skills, knowledge and network to lead institutions that serve students that are the most in need,” CMSI director Dr. Marybeth Gasman said.

“Because this program aims to alter what leadership looks like across the landscape of higher education, the forum acts as a hub for innovation and each aspiring leader and mentor were hand-selected for their eagerness to become trailblazers.”

The forum, slated for November 1-3, will include a range of sessions such as fiscal management, strategic fundraising, presidential fit and crisis communication.

After that, aspiring leaders and their presidential mentors – high-level leaders from MSIs and the business and nonprofit sectors – will participate in one-on-one mentoring relationships over two years managed by CMSI.

 

Dr. William Serrata Receives Prestigious Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Award of Distinction

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recognized El Paso Community College (EPCC) President, Dr. William Serrata with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during PTK Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention.

EPCC Phi Theta Kappa students nominated the president for this distinction.

“It is an honor to be recognized for supporting student success, it is even more meaningful to be nominated by students,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, said.  “Ensuring students have the support to enter college, graduate and achieve their dreams is our focus at El Paso Community College.”

This recognition is given to college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their colleges.

Students nominate recipients and presidents are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their career.

“He’s so inspirational, everything he does, he’s always leading by example and he’s always very supportive,” EPCC student and Phi Theta Kappa President Rachel Williams said.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and a founder and long-time president of Highline Community College in Washington, The Shirley B. Gordon Award is Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious award for community college presidents.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.

More than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations make up the Society; to learn more, visit ptk.org.

Video+Story: EPCC President Highlights School’s Successes, Vision for Future

During the annual State of the College Address, Dr. William Serrata, President, shared El Paso Community College’s successes and vision for the future with students, faculty, staff and the community.

Dr. Serrata highlighted many programs and faculty that successfully prepare students to transfer to university or enter the workforce; recognized multiple staff members and departments; described the college’s healthy financial trajectory with sound fiscal management and the strategic plan that will guide EPCC into the future.

“We will continue our focus on EPCC—Engagement, Partnerships & pathways, College-going culture and Completion,” Serrata said to a live audience of more than 500 people at the Administrative Service Center along with hundreds of others streaming it online or watching it at one EPCC’s five campuses.

Throughout the address, Serrata spoke of EPCC’s numerous accomplishments throughout 2016-17 school year.  He proudly spoke of some of EPCC’s national recognitions including being named #1 for the number of degrees awarded to Hispanic Students by Hispanic Outlook Magazine.

He also spoke about EPCC’s mention in the New York Times for being ranked 5th out of two year colleges for students moving up two or more income brackets after completing their degrees

In 2017 EPCC awarded nearly 4,500 degrees and certificates, had a 6.2% increase in full-time graduation rates and made advancements in finding innovative ways to keep students on their pathway to graduation.

Dr. Serrata also talked about EPCC’s growing Early College High School Program where there are now 12 throughout the city at each of the large school districts.  “Our Early College High Schools are remarkable because the national graduation rate is 24%, we are far exceeding that rate with 74.2% of EPCC’s Early College High School students completing their Associate’s Degree at 74.2%,” Serrata said.

Some of the faculty, staff and programs from across the district for their roles and impact, just a few examples were:

  • The opening of EPCC’s Architecture Building, an $8.3 million state-of-the-art facility and innovative program between EPCC and Texas Tech
  • Olga Valerio, whose students were one of 10 finalists for the National Science Foundation Renewable Energy Program Award
  • Maria Alvarez, whose successful RISE program has resulted in EPCC graduates successfully continuing their education with nearly 90 students getting B.S. degrees, 17 Master’s degrees, 7 PhDs and 4 MDs
  • Tony Ayub and Emergency Medical Technician Dual Credit students earned first place and other awards at the Health Occupation Student of America International Leadership Conference
  • The Men’s Half Marathon Team named Academic Team of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and all six EPCC teams had a combined GPA of 3.0.
  • Athletic Director Felix Hinojosa was named Coach of the Year after the Women’s Cross Country Team won 3 National titles in 4 years.
  • Librarian Lorely Ambriz was named Librarian of the Year by the Border Regional Library Association

Finally, the presentation wrapped up with a look to the future of EPCC.  Serrata described innovative construction projects at each of the campuses which will begin in the upcoming months.  He restated EPCC’s commitment to helping more students complete their degrees and certificates.

EPCC will continue to offer affordable, high quality education that will meet the job demands of the 21st century where the majority of new jobs will require some sort of certificate or degree. “College is the only way to the middle class,” Serrata said.  “EPCC students are amazing and they can compete anywhere.”

EPCC President Elected to AACC National Board of Directors

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.

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