CCC president interviews at Austin Community College

By Michelle Seeber

Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, on Wednesday and Thursday was in Austin, Texas, interviewing and answering questions as a finalist for the president’s position at Austin Community College.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday.
McClure, CCC president for the last five years, is vying for the Austin CC position with only one other candidate, Robert Aguero, vice chancellor of educational affairs at Dallas Community College.

Cile Spelce, public information director at ACC, said McClure was posed questions from a variety of officials with the Austin college.

“Everybody seemed to enthusiastically embrace her responses. She was given some pretty tough questions,” Spelce said.

Spelce said McClure likes Clovis and feels comfortable in her position with CCC, but indicated she would also feel comfortable in Austin.

Spelce said the ACC board of trustees will make its decision April 6.

Aguero, the other candidate, was at ACC on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“While they overlapped one day, they did not actually physically overlap,” Spelce said. “We have a number of different campuses. They went to different campuses — two each.”

Spelce said ACC has six campuses and an administrative building where classes are also held.

“We are about to break ground next month on a seventh campus,” Spelce said. “Of course, the new president would be involved in making that happen.”

ACC Board Chairman Rafael Quintanilla said both candidates have a strong depth of knowledge of the Austin area and of community colleges.

McClure recently was offered a three-year extension on her CCC contract by the board of trustees in Clovis, Spelce said.
Richard Fonte, the former president of ACC, resigned to fill an appointment as National Director of We the People Initiative, which is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Spelce said.

“He left about a year early,” she said, “but the board was not going to extend his contract.”

Spelce said Fonte’s salary at ACC was $182,687 a year, plus benefits.

With an annual budget of $111 million, ACC serves more than 70,000 students in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Blanco, Burnet and Gillespie counties in Texas.

Stephen Kinslow, executive vice president of academic, student and campus affairs, is serving as interim president. He did not apply for the job, Spelce said.