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The Presidential Search Committee, looking to identify the next president for South Texas College, announces four public forums and invites the community to attend.

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have begun the search to identify the next president of South Texas College. The Board is committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search that will attract a strong and diverse pool of candidates from throughout Texas and the nation. The Board has selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist us with the presidential search process. ACCT’s assistance will include providing support with the development of the presidential profile, recruiting highly competitive candidates, and working with the Board. ACCT has conducted over 750 community college searches and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education and advocacy. Dr. Bill Holda will serve as our ACCT Search Consultant, and will assist the Board and college community throughout this important process. His bio is located at: Bill Holda, Ed.D. – ACCT Searches.

Public Forums & Electronic Survey - Presidential Profile Development: An important step in the presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile. On March 2 and 3 we will host four (4) Virtual Public Forums. The purpose of these sessions is to listen to your feedback and insight. This input, along with the input you may have already provided via the electronic survey below, will assist with the development of the Presidential Profile. The entire South Texas College community is invited and encouraged to participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications we are seeking in our next president, and the opportunities and challenges facing the College in the years to come. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presidential search process. The virtual sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Bill Holda, ACCT Search Consultant.

We want to invite and encourage everyone to attend one of the important 1-hour Open Forums, conducted over Zoom at: https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/j/98886246622?pwd=c1lSdjlZYk5vY1ZpL05uWWFUNm93UT09

March 2, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

March 3, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please share with your friends and colleagues. No RSVP is needed.

In addition to the virtual public forums, we have developed a short electronic survey that we hope you will complete. Your anonymous responses to the survey will also be used to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile.

It is available here:


Submit your survey feedback by 12:00 p.m. CST March 4, 2021

Presidential Search Committee: The Presidential Search Committee will review the confidential applications, interview semifinalist candidates, and identify the final candidates to forward to the Board of Trustees for further consideration. The Presidential Search Committee is being formed, and members will be announced soon.

Final Candidates: The Board will interview the final candidates and all will participate in open forums, either virtually or in-person, at South Texas College. We anticipate the open forums taking place in early-May 2021, and we will provide the dates, times, and location once confirmed. Everyone throughout the College and community will be invited to attend the open forums. All who attend will have an opportunity to complete a feedback form, and the feedback will be provided to the Board of Trustees for review as part of the Board’s deliberation process.

Recruitment: Our recruitment efforts will involve an open and thorough national search, seeking qualified candidates from all regions of the country. ACCT specializes in one-to-one recruitment of community college leaders. Additionally, to assist with this process, advertisements will be placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and other major publications and websites.

Presidential Search Webpage: The South Texas College website will include information on all aspects of the search, both for the College community and candidates. The presidential search webpage will be developed in the coming weeks and will include key information including the timeline, regular progress reports, information on how to apply, etc.

We will continue to keep you updated on this important process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our ACCT Search Consultant: Bill Holda, Ed.D., ACCT Search Consultant, wmholda@gmail.com, or (903) 987-3332 (mobile).