Public forums scheduled for Estrella Mountain Community College presidential finalists

Dr. Lamata Mitchell and Dr. Rey Rivera

The Maricopa County Community College District has selected two finalists in the nationwide search for the next president for Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

The finalists — Dr. Lamata Mitchell and Dr. Rey Rivera — will be visiting the EMCC campus Monday, May 6 for their public forums, which is the next step in the selection process. The forums allow students, employees and the general public to learn more about the finalists and provide feedback.

Sessions will begin at 2:30 p.m., and are located on campus in the Estrella Conference Center. The forums will also be streamed live.

Feedback on finalists may be submitted for the Chancellor’s consideration no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

The finalists are:

Dr. Lamata Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell currently serves as Vice President of Instruction and Academic Operations at Pima Community College in Tucson, and has held this position since 2016. She has more than two decades of experience working at the community college level. Dr. Mitchell also serves on local, state and national committees focused on college readiness, among them include The College to Success Arizona Advisory Council, The Achieve 60 Arizona Committee, and the Global Education Commission of the American Association of Community Colleges. She is also a member on the Tucson NAACP scholarship committee, the NAACP board, and the Scholarship Committee of the Rockford Association of Minority Management of which she serves as the co-chair.

She was recently a fellow of the Thomas Lakin Institute; a national organization focused on preparing senior executives for presidency. Other leadership institutes she has completed include the John Rouche’s Leadership Institute, the American Association of Women in Community College Leaders Institute, Loyola University’s Strategic Leadership, Hampton University’s Executive Leadership, and the Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute.

Dr. Mitchell earned her Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in English from Andrews University, Massachusetts, a Master of Arts in Publishing and Journalism from Loughborough University, UK, and Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Trent University, UK.

Dr. Rey Rivera

Dr. Rivera has more than 23 years of higher education experience, and currently serves as Vice President of Learning at Estrella Mountain Community College. He also serves as the EMCC representative to Western Maricopa Coalition’s Education and Workforce Development Team and was recently elected to the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as one of the EMCC HLC Tri-Chair for Reaccreditation and is part of HLC’s Peer Reviewer Corps.

Dr. Rivera previously served as full-time mathematics faculty at EMCC for over 15 years. He held several leadership positions at EMCC by serving as the Division Chairperson of Science and Mathematics, Faculty Senate President, Principal Investigator for two National Science Foundation grants, and Interim Dean of Occupational Education. Dr. Rivera was selected as a 2019 Aspen Presidential Fellow and continues to serve as adjunct faculty in mathematics to maintain a strong connection to the classroom, students and faculty.

Dr. Rivera earned his Ed.D. in higher and post-secondary education at Arizona State University, his Master of Science degree in mathematics at Purdue University, and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin.



What: Public forum on Estrella Mountain Community College president finalists

About: Open to students, employees and the general public. Each forum gives the audience an opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable feedback for the Chancellor’s consideration.

When: 2:30 p.m. (Dr. Lamata Mitchell) and 3:30 p.m. (Dr. Rey Rivera), Monday, May 6

Where: Estrella Mountain Community College, Estrella Conference Center, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale

Also: Each session will be livestreamed at for those unable to attend in person.

Livestream troubleshooting telephone number: 623-935-8999

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