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2020
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STC Trustee Benavidez’s advocacy for community colleges expands with increased national profile

Rose Benavidez gains leadership positions with ACCT, ALCCT, and will serve on the prestigious National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO Board).

Summary

STC Trustee Rose Benavidez has been elected and sworn in as the new Vice Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors.

South Texas College trustee Rose Benavidez continues her advocacy of border communities and higher education on the local, state and national level.

Last week, Benavidez was elected and sworn in as the new Vice Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors among over 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

She was also elected, by her peers, as the new President of the Association of Latino Community College Trustees (ALCCT). The non-profit organization bills itself as a conduit to educate and empower Latino community college trustees, as well as promote community college advocacy across the nation. Through her election as president of ALCCT, Benavidez, vice-chair on STC’s Board of Trustees, will serve on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) beginning immediately.

The new positions will provide a platform to continue to tell the exceptional stories of our communities and South Texas College to a much broader audience who share our mission of access and opportunity for those we serve, she said.

“As a native of Starr County and President of the Starr County Industrial Foundation, I have witnessed the challenges involved in overcoming high unemployment and poverty levels,”

STC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Rose Benavidez
“As a native of Starr County and President of the Starr County Industrial Foundation, I have witnessed the challenges involved in overcoming high unemployment and poverty levels. To that end and motivated by the power of education and the spirit of public service, I have worked to reduce many of these obstacles by dedicating my professional career to developing the local economy, improving access to education and creating job opportunities.”
STC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Rose Benavidez

Benavidez said. “To that end and motivated by the power of education and the spirit of public service, I have worked to reduce many of these obstacles by dedicating my professional career to developing the local economy, improving access to education and creating job opportunities.”

Benavidez previously served as the Secretary – Treasurer of ACCT as the Board of Directors’ first Latina to serve in the executive committee, representing the Western Region that includes the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas in its geographical service area.

Benavidez was first elected to the Board of ACCT in 2017 representing the ACCT’s Western Region, and like her father is also a former Chair of its Board Diversity Committee.

Trustee Benavidez follows in the footsteps of her father, the late Manuel Benavidez Jr., who as a founding STC trustee served as chair of ACCT’s Diversity Committee and received the ACCT Lifetime Membership Award for exemplary leadership in 2005.

“I am honored to be a voice for those in our minority communities that often face a lifetime of disadvantage, and help maintain the shared effort of offering them an accessible lifeline to achievement,” Benavidez said.