ACC Chancellor Announces Retirement

Austin Community College District Chancellor Dr. Richard M. Rhodes will retire in August 2023 after 12 years of service to the college and the community. He is the longest-serving Chancellor in the college’s 50-year history.

Rhodes informed the ACC Board of Trustees Tuesday, January 17, and shared the announcement with the college community Wednesday, January 18.

“It has been the greatest pleasure to serve as Chancellor of Austin Community College,” says Rhodes. “Coming to ACC and serving this community are among my top personal achievements. As I prepare to step down, I find myself reflecting on our accomplishments. I want to thank our amazing Riverbat community that made my time here more engaging and meaningful than I could have imagined. The commitment of our faculty and staff to our mission is inspiring. It’s why we have seen such tremendous growth at ACC. Together, along with our many community partners, we cultivated a culture of upward mobility. We believe college is for everyone, and I am confident ACC will continue to grow and thrive.”

The college will begin a nationwide search for his successor immediately. A new chancellor will be appointed by the Board of Trustees. More details will be available on the college’s website at

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