AMARILLO -- Dr. Paul Matney has formally announced his plans to retire.
Matney, who will have spent 35 years on the AC payroll—the past six as either president or acting president—has informed the Board of Regents and AC’s employee group of his intention to retire sometime this summer.
The 13th president of AC, Matney will turn 65 in August and said he and his wife Sandy have given the matter a great deal of thought and concur that the timing is right.
“I love Amarillo College, and I mean that in the deepest sense of the word,” Matney said. “Sandy and I are ready to open a new chapter in our lives, and the time is right not only for us but for the College.
“AC is well-positioned in the community, and we have a talented and dedicated senior leadership team that is more than capable of orchestrating a seamless transition.”
The AC Regents officially named Matney president on July 15, 2009, but he had already been serving as acting president since May 28, 2008, a responsibility compelled by the illness and subsequent passing of then-President Steven W. Jones.
Under Matney’s direction:
- 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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