The Houston Community College (HCC) System this week voted 7-1 to appoint Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher as its ninth chancellor. Dr. Ford Fisher will be the first African-American female chancellor in HCC history. She has served as the as HCC’s interim chancellor since Sept. 1, 2023. As chancellor, Dr. Ford Fisher will oversee a $398 million operating budget, more than 50,700 students and 20 educational institutions.
Dr. Ford Fisher has worked with HCC in various roles over the past four decades, including as president of HCC’s Northeast College, interim vice chancellor of instruction and founding president of HCC Online. As president of HCC Online, she led the college in launching more than 60 fully online degree programs and 70 hybrid courses.
“Dr. Ford Fisher is a driven and passionate educator with deep institutional knowledge of HCC,” Board Chair Dr. Cynthia Lenton-Gary said. “She is forward-looking and a nationally recognized leader who is ideal to move HCC forward in providing educational excellence and innovation.”
Dr. Ford Fisher takes over the chancellor role from Cesar Maldonado. Maldonado served as chancellor for nine years before leaving in August of 2023. In her first few months serving as the interim chancellor, Dr. Ford Fisher helped improve student access to HCC and boosted graduation and retention rates.
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