ACC’s New Chancellor Selected For Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence

Austin Community College District’s (ACC) new chancellor, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, has been selected for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. He will join the 25 other community college presidents in the inaugural cohort of the President’s Fellowship. 

Throughout the year-long program, participants will collaborate with highly accomplished community college presidents, Aspen executives, and distinguished faculty members to assess their college’s achievements and devise actionable strategies for improvement, drawing inspiration from best practices in the field.

“The Aspen Colleague Excellence Program has been central to my leadership development over the past decade. My acceptance into this new fellowship acknowledges ACC’s incredible work on behalf of students,” says Dr. Lowery-Hart. “I expect to be challenged and changed through the fellowship, and I look forward to sharing my learning with my new colleagues across the district.”

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship supports aspiring and sitting presidents in leading for student success in various domains. Dr. Lowery-Hart previously served as Aspen Fellow while president of Amarillo College. 

The Aspen program invests in excellent leaders for colleges. Over the next year, the Presidential Fellowship cohort will participate in executive leadership programs, resources, and partnerships to develop diverse change-makers to improve outcomes for students and communities. 

Since it began in 2016, the Aspen Presidential Fellows program has served 156 sitting community college presidents, supporting more than 4.9 million students.

For more information, visit the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence webpage. 

Dr. Lowery-Hart will begin his service as the next ACC Chancellor on Monday, October 2.

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