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 Amarillo College Profile 

Name: Amarillo College
President: Dr. Russell Lowery Hart
City: Amarillo
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Midsize City
Year Established: 1929

Governing Board Website 

Amarillo College

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2014

2014 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 10,336
Part Time: 70%
Full Time: 30%

Female: 61%
Male: 39%


African American: 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3%
Hispanic: 38%
Native American: 1%
White: 52%
Other: 1%


Dr. Russell Lowery Hart

Dr. Russell Lowery Hart

Michele Fortunato

Michele Fortunato
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“It continues to be an especially exciting decade for Amarillo College, which in 2012 became the first college to join the No Excuses University Network. Two short years later, AC was designated by Achieving the Dream as one of 16 Leader Colleges for 2014. Resting on these laurels, however, would be unforgivable, which is why just launched No Excuses 2020, an initiative targeting a student-completion rate of 70% by 2020, through which we will end the cafeteria approach to educating students, replacing it with intentional, clear, guided pathways to completion.”

Interesting Facts

  • The Coaches and Champions program at Amarillo College pairs one volunteer faculty or staff mentor with one first-year student to offer supportive, one-on-one assistance that helps new students transition to college life. Enthusiastic participation is widespread among the AC workforce.
  • The Food Pantry, with locations on three AC campuses, was established and is supported by AC employees because of their strong belief that hunger should not be an obstacle for people aiming to achieve their educational dreams. The pantry provides non-perishable food and toiletries to anyone in the AC community who needs a little extra help.
  • For those who survive a rigorous application process, the Presidential Honor Scholars Program promises advanced learning activities and exciting international travel opportunities. Presidential Scholars have visited, among other destinations, China, England, Cambodia and Thailand. The 2016 cohort recently made its way to Poland and Lithuania.
  • Housed among the Fine Arts Complex at Amarillo College is the Amarillo Museum of Art, where visitors find a welcome opportunity to experience original works of art ranging from 18th-19th centuries European art, to Asian and Southeast Asian art, to Contemporary American masters.
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