- AC has become a rising star in Achieving the Dream, a highly exclusive, nationwide network of community colleges focused on improving student success;
- The College developed and implemented its ambitious No Excuses plan, a student-success initiative in which faculty and staff strive to help students achieve their academic goals;
- AC has successfully expended the bulk of a $68 million bond issue that Amarillo voters approved in 2007 and which has transformed the College from worn to fresh, with students the cardinal beneficiaries;
- A new AC campus has been conceived, built and opened in Hereford—the same for a Technical Training Center in Moore County; and
- Relationships throughout the community and the region have been immensely strengthened, an example of which is formation of the Panhandle Community College Connection (PC3), a unique-to-Texas partnership between AC, Clarendon College and Frank Phillips College to ease transferability between institutions, align programs and offerings, and provide greater options for students; and
- AC in 2013 achieved reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a vital endorsement all colleges and universities must pursue every 10 years.
- “I’ve been blessed by Amarillo College and certainly by having served as its president these past few years,” Matney said.
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