By JENNA GIBSON and EMILY PRISK
On Dec. 1, 2016, Amarillo College President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart announced the resignation of Dr. Deborah Vess, vice president for Academic Affairs. Vess began working at AC as the VPAA in 2014.
Dr. Tamara Clunis, dean of Academic Success, has been named interim VPAA while a search is conducted, Lowery-Hart said.
“Dr. Vess was a great academic leader who worked to advance many of our programs,” Lowery-Hart, said. In an email to college staff, Lowery-Hart announced that Vess has opted to pursue other opportunities that will further enhance her career.
According to Lowery-Hart, Vess brought important focus to the college’s No Excuses 2020 Plan. “Without her systems thinking, we would not be as far along as we are with accelerated learning, stackable credentials and guided pathways. We will continue to build on these parts of our plan with even greater commitment to students and each other,” Lowery-Hart said.
“As a college, we thank Dr. Vess for her dedicated work and wish her well on all the great things ahead for her,” Lowery-Hart added.
According to Lowery-Hart, Vess’ plans, as well as the No Excuses 2020 plan will continue in full force. “Our plan won’t change. My hope is that we will move forward in greater trust, transparency and communication-together,” he said.