William Serrata is president of the El Paso County Community College District, a position he’s held since 2012.
Under his leadership, El Paso Community College has seen significant enrollment growth and has markedly increased student retention and graduation rates, particularly among first-generation and Hispanic students. In 2015, the college was chosen from among nearly 1,200 institutions as one of 10 national finalists for the Aspen Prize for community college excellence. In 2016, it won the American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Award and was named the Western Regional Equity Award winner by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
Serrata is an active member of the El Paso community, serving as board chair of the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence. He also serves on the boards of several other local organizations, including Workforce Solutions Borderplex, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Hospitals of Providence, and the El Paso branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
At the state level, Serrata serves as vice chair for the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and as chair of TACC’s Legislative Committee and its Texas Success Center Advisory Committee. He also chairs the Texas Student Success Council convened by Educate Texas.
Nationally, Serrata chairs the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges and Excelencia in Education. He’s also an advisory board member for the Higher Education Research and Development Institute.
Serrata previously served on the National Student Clearinghouse Advisory Council and was a member of the 2015 class of the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. In 2019, he was named ACCT’s Western Region Chief Executive of the Year and received the Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award during the national conference.
Serrata holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville.