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CC President named to national commission
Posted By: Ashlee Estlack - 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
Dr. Robert Riza, president of Clarendon College, has been appointed to the Commission on Small and Rural Colleges at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

“Obviously it is an honor to be chosen to serve on this commission,” Dr. Riza said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from around the country.”

CC serves Donley, Gray, Childress, Armstrong, Briscoe, Hall, Collingsworth, and Wheeler counties in the eastern Texas Panhandle, and has dual credit partnerships with Miami ISD in Roberts County and Panhandle, White Deer, and Groom ISDs in Carson County. The college, which has four campuses (Clarendon, Pampa, Childress and Amarillo) has more than a $44.5 million impact on the region.

While Clarendon College is a small community college, its size is an advantage in terms of student success.

“Being one of the smallest schools in Texas isn’t an issue, we don’t use our size as an excuse but as motivation to achieve great things,” Dr. Riza said.

Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., president and CEO of the AACC, wrote in a letter to Dr. Riza, “We are sure that your insights and leadership will significantly contribute to the Board’s decision-making process and its ability to serve the interests of all AACC member institutions.”

This appointment is a three-year term, and Dr. Riza will serve through June 2021.