The South Texas College Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of the second STC College President since its founding in 1993. South Texas College has experienced phenomenal growth, now among the ten largest community colleges in Texas, and is recognized for its impact on student access to higher education throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
STC is a premier public institution of higher education that provides educational opportunities through excellence in teaching and learning, workforce development, cultural enrichment, community service, and regional and global collaborations. Serving as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) entails much more than enrolling a Hispanic student population greater than 95%; this status is hardwired into the college’s DNA as demonstrated by the ways in which it fulfills its mission through outreach, curricular and professional development initiatives, and customized student services for its community of learners.
Serving Hidalgo and Starr counties since 1993, STC offers more than 127 degree & certificate options, including associate degrees in a variety of liberal arts, social science, business, math, science, technology, advanced manufacturing, and allied health fields of study. Additionally, STC is the only community college in the state of Texas to offer five baccalaureate degrees. STC serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually through the College’s five state-of-the-art campuses, two Higher Education Centers, a Regional Center for Public Safety and Excellence and one virtual campus and reports a budget of approximately $239 million annually.
STC also boasts one of the largest Dual Credit programs in Texas. Since 2000, STC has provided tuition-free dual credit to over 118,000 high school students at 21 school districts and 70 high school partners, saving families over $280 million dollars in tuition. Sixty-three percent of students are the first in their family to attend college and receive Pell Grants (excluding Dual Enrollment). South Texas College’s Dual Credit Pathways Department oversees a total of 43 designated high schools. These designated high schools encompass Early College High Schools (ECHS), Technology-STEM (T-STEM) High Schools; and Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) High Schools.
In addition to the STC robust dual credit program, the institution is focused on drop-out recovery programs, GED and non-credit achievement, summer bridge and enrichment camps, particularly in STEM fields, workforce, and apprentice training programs, and is currently focused on the adult population over age 25 who do not possess a high school diploma. Workforce education and training focuses on some primary jobs: healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and the service industry. During the past ten years, 43% of the jobs created in the Rio Grande Valley related to the healthcare industry.
Located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, the region is known for its low cost of living, exceptional weather, and vibrant culture. Residents and visitors can enjoy numerous art galleries, museums, live music venues and the largest mall in South Texas. There are numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as birding, boating, and fishing opportunities in the area.
The President is the Chief Executive Officer who reports to the seven elected members of the Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for administering the College’s policies and providing overall direction to the institution. Additionally, the President is responsible for the compliance with the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Next President at South Texas College
The newly selected leader of this institution must acquire a deep understanding of the unique culture and sub-cultures of the Rio Grande Valley. Not only will the President understand the RGV region, but also possess a deep appreciation for the cultural variations within the two-county service area of the college and the region beyond the STC service area. The President must possess the ability to connect with students, faculty and staff, families, community leaders, business and industry, and most importantly with the Independent School districts and 43 high schools in its service area.
The ideal Presidential candidate will possess the ability to address the recent challenges presented to South Texas College by the onset of the Covid-19 virus, specifically related to access and enrollment of a student population which has experienced multiple obstacles that they now encounter.
The next President will recognize that South Texas College is at a critical moment in its history, standing upon the legacy of 26 successful years of growth and outreach, but now at a turning point requiring new approaches, appropriate innovative change, and an embrace of new technology, programs, and initiatives.
Ideal Characteristics, Skills, Experiences, and Personal Qualities