STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed Announces Retirement
Dear South Texas College Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, and Students,
After an incredible twenty-six years as the founding president of South Texas College, it is time to announce my retirement from this outstanding institution, effective January 4, 2021.
I am so very proud of what we have done together. South Texas College was founded to address profound needs in our communities: high unemployment and low educational attainment contributed to generational poverty for many families throughout the Valley. Over nearly three decades, we have disrupted poverty; through workforce and academic programs, we have helped thousands of families break cycles of poverty.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your founding president. Together, we have built an institution, and a team, that stands among the best in the nation. Our recent stellar reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges stands as a testament to our hard work, our quality, and our integrity. Our admission to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships acknowledges the value of our innovative dual credit programs, which serve as an inspiration and role model nationally. Our economic development partnerships have supported robust expansion of highly skilled career opportunities throughout the Valley.
There are too many outstanding accomplishments to list in one letter. Just know, I am proud of you all, and grateful for your hard work and dedication to the mission of South Texas College.
It has been an incredible journey for me, but there is still more work to do, and more families to serve. I leave this exceptional institution in your capable hands to carry South Texas College toward its Mission. Go forward, South Texas College, and make the world a better place.
Thank you all,
Dr. Shirley A. Reed