DMC Board of Regents Chair Carol A. Scott Elected to ACCT Board of Directors
Association of Community College Trustees represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees governing country’s 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges
Article by Melinda Eddleman
During the 2023 Leadership Congress held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas, Nv., the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) held elections for their Board of Directors (released results). Among those directors elected is Del Mar College (DMC) Board of Regents Chair Carol A. Scott, who will serve as ACCT’s Western Region Director.
Scott’s term runs through 2026.
Community colleges play a vital role in higher education across the nation. ACCT works to educate trustees about policy governance and emerging issues in addition to advocating for higher education policy and funding that directly effects our students, faculty and communities
Scott was elected At-large to Del Mar College’s Board of Regents in 2014 and has served as Chair of the Board since 2018. A longtime advocate for higher education in the Coastal Bend, she was elected in 2020 as Chair of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) and is now Immediate Past Chair.
Most recently, Scott and DMC President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Escamilla, Ph.D., served together on the Texas Commission on Community College Finance. Along with other Commission members, their role brought about a historic change in the way Texas allocates funding supporting the state’s 50 community colleges with the passing and signing into law of House Bill 8. That legislation shifted funding based on enrollment and contact hours, known as formula funding, to an innovative new model that is based on outcomes and student success. (read DMC release)
As a member of ACCT’s Board of Directors, Scott will continue to impact higher education but now at a regional and national level.
ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards that represent more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who preside over 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges across the United States as well as outside the country. Trustees, or Regents for some institutions, volunteer their time and talent while serving on the governing boards that oversee what has become the 21st century’s most progressive form of higher education that impacts more than 11 million students annually.
Additionally, ACCT’s Leadership Congress provides these dedicated leaders with the largest professional development opportunity each year, drawing over 1,500 community college trustees and presidents as well as leaders from philanthropic organizations, government agencies and other national non-profits. The event focuses on advancing governance and student success while providing participants the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise, network with peers and expand their knowledge about the community college sector in higher education.
Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.