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Dr. Martha M


Dr. Martha Ellis is interim president and CEO of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ellis is a leadership coach for Achieving the Dream and Texas Pathways and a consultant for community colleges and universities throughout the United States, working with executive leaders and boards of trustees.

Previously, Dr. Ellis was managing director of The Charles A. Dana Center at UT Austin and associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at University of Texas System. She has 35 years of experience in community colleges including two presidencies, provost, chief information officer, dean and faculty member. Dr. Ellis has continued to teach throughout her career. She was a facilitator and coach for the Future Leaders Institute, High Impact Teams and the President’s Academy for the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Ellis was recognized by the Texas House of Representatives and U.S. Congress for her outstanding contributions to community college leadership. She has won numerous teaching awards, was editor of Vision for Opportunity: John Roueche and the Community College Movement and Generation X Presidents Leading Community Colleges: New Challenges, New Leaders, and is an invited presenter at national conferences on leadership development, strategic partnerships, guided pathways, and change leadership.

Ph.D. | University of North Texas

Past Experience
President and CEO of two community colleges

Interim President and CEO | Texas Association of Community Colleges

Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs | University of Texas System

Provost | Collin County Communtiy College

Undergraduate and graduate faculty member at 3 communtiy colleges and 2 universities

How has education changed your life/your family?

As a first-generation college student, higher education opened up an entire new world I never dreamed existed. Not only did this education provide upward economic mobility for me and my family, but it also provided the quest for learning, appreciation for opinions and ideas, and strong desire to share this experience with others.

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