Dr. Lydia Tena has served as a member of the administrative staff at El Paso Community College (EPCC) since 1990 in numerous positions at the division and campus levels. She currently serves as Campus Dean and Dean of Instructional Programs for the Northwest Campus where she is responsible for all credit programs offered at the campus as well as campus facilities issues. She is also serving as the Achieving the Dream (AtD) Coordinator for EPCC where she oversees all activities in this initiative and is involved in deliberations and major decisions as a member of the AtD Core Team, the Developmental Education Council and the ESL Council. She is also presently serving as the Interim Dean for Nursing. She has also served as a tenured faculty member in the Information Processing discipline and is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the Education Discipline at EPCC.
Locally, Dr. Tena has served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Workforce and Education Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, serves on the Board for the El Paso Habitat for Humanity, has participated in the Texas College Now Program, a member of the Community Scholars Board, a member of the Canutillo Collaborative with the University of Texas at El Paso and participated in Leadership El Paso in 2004-2005.
At the state level, Dr. Tena has served on the Leadership Committee for the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM), the Texas Leadership Alliance (TLA), the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Curriculum Development (TSLCCD), as a board member of the Texas Association of College Technical Educators (TACTE), reader for the Carl Perkins Discretionary Grants, an evaluator on several Site Evaluation Teams with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), participated in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Senior Fellows Program in 2003 and received the State Leadership Award from the Texas Association of Community Colleges in 2006.
At the national level, Dr. Tena has served on the board for the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) where she served as President for 2006-07, the advisory board for the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, has participated in the Professional Administrators Development Institute in 1992, the National Community College Chair's Institute in 1993-94, and the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program in 2005-06, and serves on the ACE Council of Fellows Executive Board.
Dr. Tena’s formal education includes the awarding of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (1976) and a master’s degree in Business Administration (1986) from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has also obtained a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration degree (1998) from New Mexico State University.