Dr. Chris Cervini has been named ACC’s vice chancellor for Community and Public Affairs, effective September 1, 2022. He is responsible for engaging ACC’s external stakeholders to create deeper connections between the college and the community.

Cervini, formerly the associate vice chancellor for Community and Public Affairs, works with elected leaders at the local, state, and federal levels; local community-based organizations; and other stakeholders such as chambers of commerce to advocate for the college and its students. 

Cervini has served at the college for seven years. In his current role, he oversees the Center for Nonprofit Studies (Nonprofit Austin), ACC’s elections and voter registration efforts, its Community Engagement Office, and the newly established Military Families Program and Center. While at ACC, he is most proud of his work in support of the establishment of community college baccalaureate degrees during the 85th and 87th Texas Legislatures.

Before embarking on a path in higher-education leadership, Cervini had a long career in public policy and communications, serving as chief of staff to the lieutenant governor of New Mexico from 2002 to 2006. He also served as a vice president at Strategies 360, a Western regional public affairs and strategic communications firm, and held senior communications roles in the healthcare industry. He fell in love with the college while working as an independent consultant during the 2014 bond effort. 

Cervini received his doctorate in higher education leadership at the University of Texas at Austin, holds a master’s degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C., and received his bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism/mass communications from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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