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Dr Russell Lowery-Hart, ACC

  • May 01, 2024
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin TX 78731 **NEW VENUE**


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Loving Students to Success: Reimagining Higher Education

ACC is launching a new approach to student success focused on student created values and ensuring college is affordable.

About our speaker:

Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart currently serves as Chancellor for Austin Community College District.  He previously served as the President of Amarillo College which was named as the winner of the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  Through his leadership, Amarillo College was named the Leah Meyer Austin Award winner, the highest honor within the Achieving the Dream network.  Russell’s leadership is focused on improving student success through systemic and cultural change centered on one word: love.  

In his career, he developed the systemic Culture of Caring targeting removal of poverty barriers, scaling accelerated learning options, and ensuring employees intentionally love students to success.  With love as the center of reform, Amarillo College developed the systemic Culture of Caring targeting removal of poverty barriers that was featured in The Atlantic (June 2018) by Marcella Bombardieri and in the documentary on AmazonPrime, The Antidote, from Oscar Nominated and Emmy Award winning directors Kahane Cooperman and John Hoffman. 

Russell’s leadership is focused on improving student success through systemic and cultural change by empowering the student voice in redesigning higher education.  Dr. Lowery-Hart was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous executive leadership program led by the Aspen Institute and the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.  He served as the chair for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee charged with evaluating and redesigning the state of Texas general education requirements. 

In his career, he created several institution-wide initiatives targeting a systemic approach to poverty, a common reader program, international travel programs for first year students, curricular reform, instructional improvement, advising and academic orientation expansions, first year seminars, service-learning across the curriculum, and partnership development across campus “silos.”

Dr. Lowery-Hart previously served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Amarillo College. He was named the National Council of Instructional Administrators Academic Leader of the Year for 2014. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University; M.A. Texas Tech University; and, B.S. from West Texas State University. 

While his calling is education reform, his passion is family.  His wife, Tara, sons Christopher and Campbell, daughter, Cadence, fill his life with beauty and joy.


6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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