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February 28, 2014

ACC Regents Name Lone Finalist for President


The Alvin Community College Board of Regents voted Thursday night to name Dr. Christal Albrecht as the lone finalist for the president of ACC.

Her contract is set to be approved after a 21-day waiting period. Upon approval, Albrecht will begin work at the college on May 19.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be selected as the lone finalist for the ACC presidency,” she said. “I look forward to working with and getting to know the Board of Regents as well as the faculty, staff, students and community members.”

She said as college president she would also work to build relationships with local business and industry.

“I want to continue the good work of my predecessor, Dr. Rodney Allbright,” she added.

Albrecht was chosen from more than 30 applicants for the position.

She will be the college’s fifth president following Dr. Allbright, who is exiting the college after serving 38 years as president. Dr. Allbright has been instrumental in establishing the Law Enforcement Academy, the Child Care Lab School, overseeing four accreditation reaffirmations with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, involving the faculty and staff to compile the annual budget and to create long-term planning for the college.

ACC Regent Mike Pyburn, who was chair of the Presidential Selection Committee, said Dr. Albrecht will serve as an excellent leader for the college faculty and staff.

“Dr. Albrecht was our top candidate from the very beginning,” he said. “We believe she has the experience and the education to take this college to the next level.”

Board Chair Pete Nash said he is excited about Dr. Albrecht’s selection and looks forward to her tenure at ACC.

“I think she’ll do a good job,” he said. “She’ll be a unifying force.”

Dr. Albrecht is currently campus president at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Kent Campus. She has been an FSCJ campus president since January 2011. Dr. Albrecht served as the campus president at Pima Community College-Desert Vista Campus in Arizona from 2008 to 2011 and as vice president of Student Learning at Lone Star College-Cy Fair from 2000 to 2007.

Her current responsibilities at FSCJ are supervising campus deans in many departments including Academic and Career Education, Student Success as well as the executive director of the Cecil Center and the director of Administrative Services. She helps develop, implement and maintain the campus operating budgets and grants budgets. Albrecht also has built educational partnerships with the Jacksonville community.

At Florida State College at Jacksonville, Albrecht has overseen campus expansions and renovation. She has also provided leadership for the creation of new degree and certificate programs including Logistics, Early Childhood Education, Cyber Technology, Manufacturing, Mechatronics and Environmental Technology.

Albrecht received her Educational Doctorate in Allied Health Education and Administration from the University of Houston in 1996. She earned a Master of Art degree in Medical Technology and Lab Science from Norwich University in 1988, a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Syracuse University in 1981 as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Science Laboratory Technology from SUNY Jefferson Community College in 1978.

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