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AC Administration Updates: Lowery-Hart to Stay, Clunis Added at Amarillo College

Amarillo College announced today two updates to its administration.

Recently, the Amarillo College Board of Regents voted to extend the contract of Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart for five years. The contract extension is a first for Amarillo College because of its length of time. Typically, the regents approve a three year extension for the president. Following AC's decision to extend Lowery-Hart's contract, board chairman Paul Proffer praised Lowery-Hart as a "bold leader" and a "visionary" for Amarillo College.

The 2017-2018 year will be Lowery-Hart's 4th year as AC's president. Lowery-Hart previously served as Amarillo College's vice president of academic affairs from 2010 until 2014. Lowery-Hart also spent 12 years in various roles at West Texas A&M University.

Amarillo College also announced last night that Dr. Tamara Clunis will serve as vice president of academic affairs, effective June 1st. Clunis has served as dean of academic success since June of 2011 and will now serve as the first African-American vice president in Amarillo College's history, according to AC.

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