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Amarillo College, a current top 10 finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, is nationally renowned for its “Culture of Caring” embraced by college leadership, faculty, and staff. Through data-supported intentional actions, Amarillo College commits itself to addressing student-defined needs, eliminating barriers, and loving students to success. Amarillo College’s “Culture of Caring” illustrates that by addressing student poverty and basic need barriers, students will complete their education as they create a better life for themselves, their families, and their community.
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President, Amarillo College
President of Amarillo College since 2014, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart previously served as Amarillo College's vice president of academic affairs. A product of Slaton, Texas, Dr. Lowery-Hart served for 12 years at West Texas A&M University as assistant professor of speech communication, director of forensics, executive director of first-year experience, associate vice president for academic affairs and associate provost. Under his leadership, Amarillo College was awarded the Leah Meyer Austin Award from Achieving the Dream and is a current finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Mr. Johnny Mize, Chair, Board of Regents, Amarillo College
Elected in 2013 to serve on the Amarillo College Board of Regents, Mr. Johnny Mize is a director for FirstBank Southwest and has 25 years of experience working and consulting with executives of Fortune 500 corporations, insurance companies, third-party claim administrators, insurance brokers, and governmental entities. Mr. Mize holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Texas Tech University and has taught an entrepreneurship class at Amarillo College.