Interim vice president of student success is finalist for the position

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Three finalists will discuss their qualifications and vision in open sessions June 7-9.

By Wally Perez

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Alcorta

gperez239@student.alamo.edu

Dr. Lisa Alcorta, interim vice president of student success, will be the first of three candidates for the position of vice president of student success to speak at this college June 7-9.

Each candidate will spend a day on campus and meet with students in a pizza luncheon session, appear in a forum open to anyone and interview with college officials.

Dr. Billy C. Roessler, vice president of student services and enrollment management at North Central Texas College, will visit June 8, and Dr. Vincent R. Solis, vice president for instruction and student services at Laredo Community College, will visit this college June 9.

Each will present student success initiatives, which will give students, staff and faculty a chance to get to know them and understand what they have implemented or could implement at this college.

Foreign languages Professor Tammy Perez, search committee chair, said this is intended for a student audience to ask questions, although anyone may attend.

Alcorta, who was the former dean of student success, will speak June 7.

A presentation of student success initiative to students and a discussion will be 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center. A pizza lunch will be provided.

An open forum will be 2-3 p.m. in the visual arts center.

The candidate will talk for about 15 minutes about themselves and discuss why they feel uniquely qualified for the position, and then take questions from the floor, Perez said.

Alcorta received a doctorate in educational administration with an emphasis in community college leadership in 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in social work in 1996 from Our Lady of the Lake University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1992 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Alcorta has previously worked in the office of the vice chancellor of academic success as the director of academic student success from 2010-13 and director of developmental education and academic success.

In her application, Alcorta wrote, “I want to contribute to our students, faculty and staff success. I want to be a maker of change and motivate individuals to do their best; this will fulfill my purpose of helping others reach their dreams.”

The search for a vice president of student success has been ongoing since the summer of 2014.

This is the fourth search the committee has conducted, and 30 applications were received this time around.

Perez said the position has been offered to two candidates after extensive search processes since then, but they declined for personal reasons.

“Student input is vital to this selection process because this is the vice president that will oversee student success initiatives and operations,” Perez said in an email.

Session and candidate information, including biographies, philosophies and résumés can be found at http://alamo.edu/sac/VPSS-Search/.

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