Update – November 16, 2017

on November 16, 2017 in Weekly Update

Good Evening San Jacinto College Community,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and the completion of the semester, I am reflecting on the challenges we have faced over the last few months.  There have been many for the College, our students, and our community; and I know that many of you have dealt with personal challenges also.  

At San Jacinto College, we look at challenges as opportunities which is what has happened over the past few years and especially this fall semester.  I thank each of you for your dedication to our students and for continuing to pull together for student success… from the classroom to student and administrative support services. 

Through our focus on student success, the list of strategic and operational priorities impacting our fiscal operations is long. While the College is fiscally strong, in many areas we are looking for new and innovative approaches that are in addition to our normal financial operations.

With the passing of Chet Lewis, Vice Chancellor, Fiscal Affairs, in October, we lost a key innovator.  With all the work currently in process, I feel it is imperative to fill this position quickly and keep the College moving forward.  We jumpstarted this search by looking at sitting chief financial officers (CFOs) in Texas to identify ideal candidates for San Jacinto College.  While we considered all of the top candidates, one person stood out who had been at the top of the list.  As I considered this person, I also had conversations with some of our external consultants about strong CFOs that they have worked with – and the same name kept coming forward.

Through this effort, we have extended an offer to Teri Zamora and she has accepted the position of Vice Chancellor, Fiscal Affairs.

Ms. Zamora comes to San Jacinto College with 20+ years of increasingly responsible senior leadership experience. She joins us from Houston Community College (HCC), where she currently serves as the Senior Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration.

At HCC, Ms. Zamora has been at the center of reimagining the institution. She skillfully led the transformation of the financial and administrative areas, as well as developing and implementing a fiscal strategy that has resulted in prudent budgets and the acceleration of debt retirement. Through her financial expertise, she designed procedures to streamline the budgeting process and increase transparency.  She also has had oversight of the facilities services department and bond construction programs.  

Ms. Zamora has significant business experience and leadership in the municipality, utilities/energy, manufacturing, retail, and higher education sectors. She is well respected within the higher education financial circles, among the investment community, NACUBO, and TACCBO.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Accountancy degree from University of Texas-Pan American.

Ms. Zamora will begin her career with San Jacinto College on January 3, 2018.  I look forward to introducing her at the College Assembly during College Community Week in January.

I know we have had a lot going on, but I do hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you are able to recharge and come back to help students complete a very difficult semester.  I know many of you are still struggling with issues from Harvey. I hope this time of thanksgiving finds you well, and I am thankful we are getting a little closer every day to having that behind us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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