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February
2021
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13:49 PM
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STC Trustee Rodriguez to advocate for students on statewide board

Summary

South Texas College Trustee Paul R. Rodriguez has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT), working at the statewide level to advocate for hundreds of thousands of students in Texas.

South Texas College Trustee Paul R. Rodriguez now represents the region on the board responsible for overseeing 750,000 community college students statewide.

Rodriguez was elected earlier this month to serve on the board of directors for the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT), which works in tandem with its parent organization, the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) to advocate for hundreds of thousands of students across the state.

With over 400 members from among the 50 community colleges in Texas, CCATT represents the only elected officials in higher education in Texas, and relies on its board of directors to provide leadership on important issues for colleges.

STC Trustee Paul R. Rodriguez
“With community colleges located throughout the state, it is important that South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley be represented in order to provide more support from the State of Texas and the Federal government for our students’ educational and workforce development needs. I look forward to participating in these efforts and to effectively represent our region.”
STC Trustee Paul R. Rodriguez

In addition to their own careers, and service on their respective college boards, CCATT members spend the time and energy to help direct the work of CCATT at the state level, according to Carol A. Scott, CCATT Chairman of the Board as well as the Board Chair for Del Mar College.

“CCATT relies on the breadth and depth of our board members to represent the diverse interests of community colleges across the state,” Scott said. “Mr. Rodriguez, as a former board chair and representing one of the largest community colleges in the state, brings a wealth of experience to our association board.”

Rodriguez had formerly been a member of CCATT’s Legislative Committee and, along his colleagues on the South Texas College Board of Trustees, hosted a CCATT Trustee Leadership Seminar in 2020.

First appointed to STC’s Board of Trustees in 2012, Rodriguez is a former board chair, and currently serves as a member of STC’s Education and Workforce Development Committee, as well as the Finance, Audit, and Human Resources Committee.

He represents District 3 for the college which includes south McAllen, southwest Pharr, Hidalgo, Sharyland, Southeast Mission, and Granjeno.

“Community college trustees in Texas are the only elected officials in higher education,” Rodriguez said. “The Community College Association of Texas Trustees advocates for community colleges and provides professional development to foster student success and ensure excellence in governance.

“With community colleges located throughout the state, it is important that South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley be represented in order to provide more support from the State of Texas and the Federal government for our students’ educational and workforce development needs,” Rodriguez said. “I look forward to participating in these efforts and to effectively represent our region.”