86R25796 BK-D
  By: Fierro H.R. No. 1230
         WHEREAS, Dr. William Serrata has served with distinction as
  president of El Paso Community College since assuming that post on
  August 1, 2012, and under his leadership, the institution has built
  on its reputation for providing students in the region with
  accessible, affordable, and high-quality education; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Serrata holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M
  University, a master's degree from The University of Texas at
  Brownsville, and a doctorate in educational human resource
  development from Texas A&M; he previously served for seven years as
  vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at
  South Texas College in McAllen; and
         WHEREAS, As head of EPCC and as a leader in the El Paso
  community, Dr. Serrata has worked diligently to ensure that EPCC
  continues to expand opportunity within the region and state; he has
  demonstrated a commitment to increasing degree attainment and has
  guided the institution with a focus on preparing students to
  contribute to a strong Texas workforce; and
         WHEREAS, During Dr. Serrata's tenure as president, EPCC has
  been named one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation by the
  Aspen Institute; it has further been recognized with the
  prestigious American Association of Community Colleges Student
  Success Award and has been ranked No. 1 in the number of associate
  degrees awarded to Hispanic students; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Serrata's many professional affiliations have
  included his membership on the boards of Excelencia in Education,
  Catch the Next, the Higher Education Research and Development
  Institute, and the National Student Clearinghouse Advisory
  Committee; he has also been an active and prominent member of many
  local organizations, having served on the boards of Workforce
  Solutions Upper Rio Grande, the Greater El Paso Chamber of
  Commerce, United Way of El Paso, and numerous others; and
         WHEREAS, Over the past seven years, El Paso Community College
  has greatly benefited from the knowledge, passion, and expertise
  that Dr. William Serrata has brought to his duties, and he may
  indeed reflect with pride on all that he has achieved; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Dr. William Serrata for his service as
  president of El Paso Community College and extend to him sincere
  best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Dr. Serrata as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.