Frank Renz currently works as an independent consultant continuing work with community colleges assisting with National Community College Initiatives and is a Coach for Achieving the Dream. As an Achieving the Dream Coach, Dr. Renz consults with community colleges in California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington and in his home state of New Mexico with the New Mexico Higher Education Department and affiliated community colleges, with a particular interest in strategic planning and adult basic education transition.
Prior to his role with Achieving the Dream, Dr. Renz was the founding Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, which he directed for 15 years (1991-2006). As Executive Director, he worked with the Association membership of community college presidents to identify and advance a common platform of funding and policy priorities for the community colleges in New Mexico with a variety of stakeholders and state officials. Prior to joining the Association, Dr. Renz was Chief Academic Officer at the University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus, and Director of Research and Planning and Associate Dean of Instruction at San Juan College.
Dr. Renz has been assigned significant appointments during his career such as to Governor Richardson’s Higher Education Reform Taskforce in 2004, chairing the Student Success Subcommittee, and has been the recipient of awards and honors such as the University of Texas’ Distinguished Graduate award from the University of Texas in 2000. Dr. Renz has served on numerous state and national committees and task forces, such as the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, and has authored and co-authored legislation, presentations and publications focusing primarily on community college issues and priorities.
Educational Background: Dr. Renz holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s College; a Masters degree in Psychology from Villanova University; and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas in Austin.