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Riza named Pacesetter of the Year
Posted By: Ashlee Estlack - 11/1/2016 10:00:00 AM

Dr. Robert Riza, President of Clarendon College, was awarded the National Council for Marketing & PR District 4's Pacesetter Award last Friday in Santa Fe for his strong focus on the college’s marketing, communications, advocacy and fundraising campaigns.

The Pacesetter award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated leadership and support in the area of college marketing and public relations.  The Pacesetter Award is presented annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts with those winners considered for the national award to be presented during NCMPR’s national convention in Charleston, South Carolina, in March.

“It is an honor and humbling experience to be recognized for the cumulative efforts of a great faculty and staff,” Riza said.  “I would like to thank my board for their support and confidence in my leadership as we complete our strategic plan.”

Riza became President of Clarendon College in December 2013 and under his leadership enrollment has rebounded nearly 25 percent.  This fall’s enrollment alone is up 9.8 percent and is the second highest in the school’s 118-year history with 1,482 students.

In addition, Clarendon College is one of only 67 colleges and universities nationwide to be selected as a pilot school for the Second Chance Pell program and CC is now back offering college classes in two area correctional institutions.   

The College has also expanded online programs and now offers a fully online associate’s degree that can be completed in one year, and enrollment in the online program doubled this fall.

Another important initiative negotiated by Dr. Riza is the College’s new partnership with Texas Tech University by which Clarendon College students graduating from the Associate’s Degree in Nursing program are automatically accepted into the Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  The ADN to BSN agreement is built upon an earlier “3 1” agreement with Texas Tech, also negotiated by Dr. Riza, through which CC students can complete three years of a bachelor’s degree in Health Science at CC and finish the fourth year online through the Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) School of Health Professions.

NCMPR, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges throughout the United States.  NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the country, including Canada and other countries.  District 4 includes community colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.