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Dr. Marisa E. Pierce

Dr. Marisa E.


Dr. Marisa E. Pierce has over 25 years of experience in education encompassing secondary and postsecondary roles in various educational institutions.

She currently serves as associate vice chancellor of enrollment management for Dallas College. Prior to her arrival to Dallas College, she served El Paso Community College for 12 years in multiple leadership roles, promoting and sustaining college access, student success, and student learning. During her time in El Paso, her primary responsibilities included recruitment, college readiness, testing services, new student orientation, and extensive pre-college outreach efforts through federally funded programs.

A strong supporter of participatory and inclusive leadership, her successes include establishing strong academic partnerships through pre-college outreach programs, leading cross-functional teams in the development and implementation of comprehensive strategic enrollment management plans, and serving on various local, state, and national projects, programs, committees, and professional affiliations. Her major service contributions include work with the U.S Department of Education, Texas Pathways, and AACC Guided Pathways. Dr. Pierce resides in Arlington, Texas, with her husband, Gus, also a higher education administrator at U.T. Arlington. They are proud parents of two sons, Marq and Nicolas.


Ed.D. | The University of Texas at El Paso

M.Ed. | The University of Texas at El Paso

B.A. | The University of Texas at El Paso

Past Experience

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services | Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College District)

Executive Director, Outreach and Transition Services | El Paso Community College


How has education changed your life/your family?

Education has changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I have been blessed to experience the teaching and learnings in two educational systems. My studies in Mexico expanded my knowledge of my Hispanic heritage while allowing me to learn a second language, while my studies in the United States fostered years of mentorship that I have come to cherish, from my years in middle and high school all the way through my graduate work.

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