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Dr. William Serrata - EPCC President

William Serrata, Ph.D.

President, El Paso Community College

Biography

Dr. William Serrata was named the President of the El Paso County Community College District effective August 1, 2012. Dr. Serrata holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University – College Station, a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University – College Station.

Dr. Serrata comes to EPCC from South Texas College in McAllen where he served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for over seven years. During his career, Dr. Serrata has provided enrollment management leadership in fostering enrollment growth as well as increases in student retention, dual credit enrollment, and graduation rates with an emphasis on first-generation and Hispanic populations and establishing a college-going culture.

Dr. Serrata is an active member of the El Paso community and currently serves as a member of the Board for Workforce Solutions Borderplex, Board of Directors for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the United Way of El Paso, the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and, Member of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – El Paso Branch, serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hospitals of Providence East Campus, as well as serving as the East Campus Representative on the Combined Board for the Hospitals of Providence. At the state level Dr. Serrata is a member of the Executive Committee for the Texas Association of Community Colleges, and serves as Chair of the Student Success Committee and the Chair of the Texas Success Center Advisory Committee. On the national level, Dr. Serrata serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Excelencia in Education, serves on the Board of Directors for Catch the Next, serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute (HERDI), and was recently appointed to the Executive Committee for Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) after being elected in 2017. Dr. Serrata previously served on the National Student Clearing House Advisory Council and was a member of the 2015 class of the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows.

Under Dr. Serrata’s leadership, the Aspen Institute announced that El Paso Community College (EPCC) was named one of 10 nation-wide finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for community college excellence which recognizes a college’s impact on student success. EPCC was selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 community colleges. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education and Community College Week Magazines continue to recognize EPCC as the national leader in awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students. EPCC was announced as the winner of the 2016 American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success award and the 2016 Western Regional Equity award winner of the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Serrata and his wife Jessica have been married for over 15 years and are blessed with two wonderful sons, Nathan and Joshua. Dr. Serrata enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with his family.