Austin Community College District (ACC) Chancellor, Dr. Richard M. Rhodes, will retire in August 2023 after 12 years of service to the college and the Central Texas community. He is the longest-serving Chancellor in the college’s 50-year history. Since joining ACC as President/CEO in September 2011, Dr. Rhodes has cultivated a culture of innovation, collaboration, and transformation to put the college at the forefront of the future of higher education.

“It has been the greatest pleasure to serve as Chancellor of Austin Community College,” says Rhodes. “Coming to ACC and serving this community are among my top personal achievements. As I prepare to step down, I find myself reflecting on our accomplishments. I want to thank our amazing Riverbat community that made my time here more engaging and meaningful than I could have imagined. The commitment of our faculty and staff to our mission is inspiring. It’s why we have seen such tremendous growth at ACC. Together, along with our many community partners, we cultivated a culture of upward mobility. We believe college is for everyone, and I am confident ACC will continue to grow and thrive.”

Prior to joining ACC, Dr. Rhodes served as President of El Paso Community College for 10 years and as Vice President of Business Services at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for seven years. (

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