HLC Self Study
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In spring 2007, the founding College President of Estrella Mountain Community College, Dr. Homero Lopez, retired from the Maricopa County Community College District. Dr. Ernest A. Lara, the sitting Vice President of Student Affairs, was selected from candidates during a national search and appointed College President on July 1, 2007.

The College President is supported by an executive team that consists of the following four Vice Presidents:

  • Dr. Bryan Tippett, Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Clay Goodman, Occupational Education
  • Dr. Debbie Kushibab, Student Affairs
  • Ms. Sue Tavakoli, Administrative Services

The College and SouthWest Skill Center employ 227 budgeted positions:

  • 83 residential faculty
  • 51.5 administrators and managers
  • 69.5 support staff, excluding temporary employees
  • 20 custodians/grounds workers
  • Two craftspeople/crafts trainees
  • Four College safety employees