EPCC president William Serrata was awarded for his contribution to the college by the Associated of Community College Trustees on Oct. 18.
Serrata was awarded with the Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award which “honors chief executive officers, who demonstrate commitment to excellence in advancing the community college movement,” according to the ACCT website.
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Amelia Phillips Highline College, Karen Campbell Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Gladys Christensen Central Arizona College, William Serrata El Paso Community College, and staff from Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania
The college’s president first received the Chief Executive Officer Award for the Western region. He was later presented with the national award at the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Washington.
The ACCT is a non-profit educational organization that assists community colleges with creating governing boards, educated those board members, political advocacy in favor of community colleges and much more.
Their mission statement is “To foster the principles and practices of exemplary governance while promoting high quality and affordable higher education, cutting-edge workforce and development training, student success, and the opportunity for all individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and security.”
“Dr. Serrata is a true champion of EPCC’s efforts to provide innovative opportunities in higher education,” said Brian Haggerty, a member of the EPCC Board of trustees.
“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.”
Serrata received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in 2009.
He began his work at EPCC as the CEO soon after in 2012. While working at the college he has focused on improving student retention rates, dual-credit enrollment and graduation rates.
He has put a strong emphasis on helping first-generation and Hispanic students.
Under Serrata’s leadership, EPCC was named one of the top 10 colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015 and later received the American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success award and the ACCT Western Regional Equity award in 2016.
“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 member Belen Robles explained.
“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,” Robles finished.