During the Aug. 26 board of regents meeting, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart was unanimously chosen to be the 14th president of Amarillo College.
“It will be my greatest honor to lead this college,” Lowery-Hart said, “and I’ll do it with the most commitment to our students and our community.”
Lowery-Hart and two other candidates were chosen by an advisory committee from among more than 20 serious applications to be the finalists of a nationwide search. He was the sole finalist.
Bob Austin, vice president of student affairs, served as interim president for 21 days between the naming of the sole finalist and the official vote as required by state law.
The 2014-2015 budget and an increased tax rate for 2014 as well as a new energy policy were approved.
The board decided the college will buy 120 tablets and four carts and other accessories for the biology/life Science, anatomy and physiology and chemistry programs.
Panhandle PBS and the Matney Mass Media program will receive three studio cameras, two robotic control cameras and other studio equipment. The Panhandle PBS studios will get additional use as labs for students to have more hands-on experience.
The board also approved final payments for several building renovations.