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Press Release: Texas Campus Compact Announces New Board of Directors & Advisory Council for this Academic Year

TX (1/17/2011)

(AUSTIN) – Texas Campus Compact, an Austin-based statewide non-profit organization, hosted by The University of Texas System, promoting service learning and civic engagement on higher education campuses and in communities, has announced the board of directors and advisory council that will serve during the 2010-11 academic year.

This year, Dr. Steve Kinslow, President and CEO of the Austin Community College District, is serving as board chair, with Dr. George Wright, President of Prairie View A&M University, serving as vice chair, and Dr. Cary Israel, President of Collin College, serving as treasurer.   In addition, five other presidents of Texas colleges or universities sit on this year’s edition of the board, including:

  • Dr. Juliet Garcia, President, University of Texas at Brownsville & Texas Southmost College
  • Dr. Bill Holda, President, Kilgore College
  • Dr. Katherine Persson, President, Lone Star College – Kingwood
  • Dr. John Ellis Price, President, University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Dr. Jake Schrum, President, Southwestern University

“Our board of directors is comprised of some of the finest educators in the nation — all of who understand and value how service learning and civic engagement is helping to ‘close the gaps’ of educational inequity in Texas,” said Patricia Spencer Potyka, executive director of Texas Campus Compact. “Dr. Kinslow, who has tremendously impacted the Austin Community College District during his tenure there, is a strategic and strong leader who will lead Texas Campus Compact to exciting new heights in its second decade.”   This year, the Texas Campus Compact advisory council is comprised of 21 individuals, from all parts of the state, with additional expertise and investment in service learning. They include:

  • Irene Arellano, M. Ed., Service Learning Coordinator, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, Texas Tech University
  • Annabelle Arteaga, Ph.D., Partner & Diversity Consultant, Millvale
  • Jesse Ayala, Adjunct Instructor of Government, Lone Star College -CyFair; Of Counsel, Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP
  • Rosangela Boyd, Ph.D., Director of Community Involvement & Service Learning, Texas Christian University
  • Saundra Y. Boyd, Ph.D., Director of Service Learning, Psychology Professor, Houston Community College System
  • Philip Cohen, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Bill Coppola, Ph.D., Executive Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives, Lone Star College – Kingwood
  • Jean DeWitt, Ph.D., Director, Office of Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Communication, University of Houston – Downtown
  • Clark Friesen, M. A., Professor of Speech Communication and Faculty Service Learning Coordinator, Lone Star College – Tomball
  • Gilda Garcia, Ed.D., Vice President of Institutional Equity & Diversity, University of North Texas – Denton
  • Terry Hockenbrough, M.P.A., Director of the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement, Collin College
  • Lisa Jasinski, M.A., Certification, Assessment and Communications Specialist, Department of Education, Trinity University
  • Karen Meaney, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Teacher Education, Health & Physical Education & Recreation, Texas State University
  • Cynthia Medina, MSW, Director, Center for Service Learning & Volunteerism & Assistant Professor, Worden School of Social Service, Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Greg Phillips, Ph.D. Service Learning Director, Asst. Division Chair – Natural Science, Blinn College – Brenham
  • Sheryl Santos-Hatchett, Ph.D., Dean, Education & Services, University of North Texas – Dallas
  • Maria Perez Straus, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Initiatives, Houston Community College System
  • Colette M. Taylor, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Graduate Certificate and Masters Program Coordinator of Higher Education, College of Education, Texas Tech University
  • Shirley Theriot, Ph.D., Director, The Center for Community Service Learning, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Gregory Vincent, Ph.D.,Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership Professor of Law, Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Michelle White Wilder, M.A., Director, Center for Service Learning, Instructor, English Department, Kilgore College

“The advisory council members serving this year bring a great deal of perspective and valuable insight to Texas Campus Compact,” Potyka noted. “All of these folks work directly, in some capacity, with service learning students, and admirably represent the great diversity and breadth of life experiences found in Texas.”

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