The Alvin Community College Board of Regents unanimously approved the contract for Dr. Robert Exley to serve as the college’s seventh president.
Dr. Exley and his wife Anita were on hand when the contract was approved during a meeting on April 28. Dr. Exley will begin his tenure as president on July 1. He will take over the position from President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht who is retiring.
“I feel so elated,” Dr. Exley said after the board vote. “Anita and I have been on cloud nine all day.”
The board approved a three year contract for Dr. Exley. He plans to meet with President Albrecht to learn more about ACC as he makes the transition.
“I’m so impressed so far with what I have seen at ACC,” he said.
Dr. Exley was chosen after a nationwide search from the firm Greenwood Asher. Candidates were selected from a presidential search committee consisting of regents, faculty, staff, a student and members from the community.
After a series of interviews, Dr. Exley was named the lone finalist by the board on April 6.
Before coming to ACC, Exley served as the 17th President of Snead State Community College in Boaz, Ala. From 2008 to 2020. Prior to his time in Alabama, he served as President of Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Dr. Exley received his Associate of Arts degree from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, his BA and MS from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Exley and his wife Anita currently live in Corpus Christi.
“It is exciting to welcome Dr. Exley as our seventh president,” ACC Board Chair ‘Bel Sanchez said. “Our hope is that he can lead, support and challenge our faculty and staff to continue the good works that are in place while exploring new opportunities. I know our board and community join me in saying to Dr. Exley, ‘Fins Up!’”
Dr. Albrecht has been president since 2014. She has left a lasting impact on ACC during her tenure by implementing the $25 million maintenance tax note construction project, leading the college’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Harvey, helping boost enrollment to its highest level ever, updating the board policy and administrative procedures, guiding the college through its sixth accreditation process, implementing a five-year strategic plan and more.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Exley has been named the next president of Alvin Community College,” Dr. Albrecht said. “The experience he brings will help ensure that ACC continues on a pathway to success.”