June 13, 2014-The Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) held its annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The conference focus “Community Colleges Are The Texas Success” provided a foundation for professional development in the inaugural sessions of the Texas Trustee Training Institute; the “Dr. John and Suanne Roueche Governance Series” targets issues relevant to both new and experienced members of community college governing boards.
The members of the Association nominated Lydia Santibanez, Temple College trustee, as Chair of the Association to serve a two-year term.
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME FROM CHAIR, LYDIA SANTIBANEZ:
Lydia has served on the board of Temple College for 24 years. She is currently serving as the ACCT’s Trust Fund Board Chair and has previously served on the board of directors for two terms. As a member of the ACCT board, she has had the pleasure to serve on numerous committees. Here in Texas, she is currently serving on the Texas Student Success council and has previously served on committees for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
As your new chair of CCATT, I would like to express my gratitude to each of you who attended the 2014 Trustee Conference in San Antonio. The conference continues to be an important opportunity for trustees and institutional leaders to meet and discuss the future of community colleges.
Attendees of the 2014 Trustee Conference expressed through their evaluations that the event was a success. The increase in attendance by trustees and presidents reflected we are moving in the right direction. We also heard comments that the sessions of the Texas Trustee Training (TTT) Institute provided a better understanding of the goals of community college boards and the working relationships with their college’s CEO.
These inaugural sessions of the Texas Trustee Institute are only the beginning of the work of CCATT to provide effective and meaningful professional development for Texas Community College Trustees.
The Association is building upon the work to date and strengthening our statewide role in higher education. Five committees have been established to reinforce the board’s link with the membership and encourage participation statewide.
Today, all 50 Texas community college governing boards are members of CCATT: this is YOUR association. The strength of the 400+ trustees is a formidable voice for advocating for student success on behalf all students entering our institutions. In collaboration with TACC we want to continue to advocate with one strong voice to our community leaders, legislators and stakeholders to ensure student success.
Thank you for your commitment to your college and your willingness to serve; community colleges are the solution for Texas’ continued prosperity.
The day's focus on "Community Colleges as the Texas Solution" was repeated throughout the professional development and advocacy sessions. Presentations for each session can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link:
Click this link to download the slides which accompany Commissioner Paredes' presenatation. (Locate the presentation under the right column for the date 6.7.14).
The Community College Association of Texas Trustees serves to provide advocacy and professional development to the members of the governing boards of the 50 Community Colleges in Texas. CCATT partners with the member organization of Community College Presidents and Chancellors. Additional information for the individual institutions can be found on the TACC website: Texas Association of Community Colleges