February 15, 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 3
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Vice Chair
Marcelo Casillas
District 4

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

Asst. Secretary
Denver McClendon
District 2

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Clint Kingsbery
District 8

James Rindfuss
District 9

Emmanuel Nyong
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges District - Northeast Lakeview College's On-Site Accreditation Visit Successful
Alamo Colleges District - Northeast Lakeview College's recent
on-site accreditation review was successful.
Alamo Colleges District - Northeast Lakeview College (NLC), the newest of the District's five colleges, is excited to announce that its on-site review accreditation visit was successful. The visiting team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), after reviewing the college's application for membership material for almost two months, visited NLC on February 6-9.

The visiting team found the college to be in compliance with each and every standard of the accrediting body. The next step in the process for NLC will be for the SACSCOC board to review the findings from the on-site team and make a determination as to the accredited status of the college. 

This review is currently scheduled for December 2017 but, based upon its outstanding site visit, the college has petitioned for a June 2017 review. From their successful on-site visit one year ago, NLC currently has candidacy status with SACSCOC. Once finalized, the report from the visiting team will be made available for public review.

Alamo Colleges District Celebrates $2.445 Million
Gift To Benefit the Greater Kerrville Center
Mr. and Mrs. F. O'Neil Griffin (fourth and fifth from left) 
donated $2,445,000 for scholarships and programs at the
Alamo Colleges District Greater Kerrville Center.

At a press conference recently, the Alamo Colleges District announced a $2.445 million gift from noted philanthropist F. O'Neil Griffin to fund scholarships and programs at the Alamo Colleges District Greater Kerrville Center. This is the largest donation ever received by the Alamo Colleges Foundation. 

Specifically, the gift provides $1,222,500 to be added to the Neil and Elaine Griffin Foundation Endowed Kerrville Opportunity Scholarship, which Griffin established in 2010 with a $1.05 million gift. Another $500,000 will fund renovations at the center's Career and Technical Education Building and $722,500 will establish the Neil and Gena Griffin Endowed Excellence Fund to provide ongoing funds to strengthen programs, facilities and operations at the center. 

Griffin is a noted Kerrville business leader and charitable donor. He is the former owner of the First National Bank of Kerrville and former chairman and CEO of Mountain Banks, Ltd., a multibank holding company. He has also has made generous gifts to Peterson Regional Medical Center and Schreiner University in Kerrville.

"If you are blessed, you are supposed to share it with others," said Griffin, explaining his approach to philanthropy.

The Greater Kerrville Center is located in the historic, former Tivy Education Center at 1012 Barnett Street in Kerrville. The facility was funded by a capital campaign that raised $2.2 million. The Griffin Foundation also contributed the first $250,000 to the capital campaign. 

San Antonio College and Northwest Vista College were named to the list of the Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook magazine.

Two Alamo Colleges District Colleges Named to Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanic Students

Two of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District were recently named to the list of the Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook magazine. Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College (SAC) was named No. 5 on the list , and Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College (NVC) was named No. 12. Both colleges will be highlighted in the February issue of the magazine. SAC and NVC are the only two local colleges which made the list.

The Top 25 listing is based on various factors, including information supplied by the Department of Education, such as: percentage of Hispanics in attendance; total student enrollment; two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanics; and the percentage of Hispanics awarded associate degrees by two-year schools.  

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