A Message From Dr. Rhodes:

Dear Riverbats,

I’m delighted to provide you with this update on the search for ACC’s next Provost/EVC of Academic & Student Affairs which has concluded. A thorough and inclusive search process, led by a remarkable and diverse team of search committee members from across our institution, resulted in a truly impressive set of final candidates. After in-person interviews with the final five candidates, Dr. Monique Umphrey emerged as the clear choice.

Dr. Umphrey’s unique range and depth of experience with complex higher education systems, community colleges specifically, equity-minded reform, and large-scale project management/implementation planning make her an outstanding choice as our next Provost. She brings faculty experience and expertise in systems changes, and she brings a tested commitment to building equitable and inclusive environments of teaching and learning excellence.

In her current role at Houston Community College, Dr. Umphrey is responsible for the overall development of academic policy, educational planning, and new program development for three Centers of Excellence. With a background in operations and a proven track record of developing and sustaining strong employer and community partnerships, Dr. Umphrey brings the right combination of expertise for ACC as we work toward the future.

In addition to being immensely qualified, Dr. Umphrey shares ACC’s passion for student success and commitment to strengthening our culture of collaboration, connection, and caring. She is ready to roll up her sleeves and join our wonderful community in the work ahead.

In the coming weeks and months, several opportunities will be provided for you to learn more about our new Provost. We will also host a meet-and-greet for you to get to know her and for Dr. Umphrey to get to know our amazing Riverbat community.

I’d like to close here by again recognizing the dedication and care shown by the search committee members who were incredibly diligent and thorough in their work.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Monique Umphrey as Austin Community College’s new Provost. We will keep you posted on a start date and opportunities for you to get acquainted.

Richard M. Rhodes
Austin Community College District