Estrella Mountain Community College Names New President

Dr. Rey Rivera | Incoming Estrella Mountain Community College President
Dr. Rey Rivera | Incoming Estrella Mountain Community College President
June 17, 2019

Current VP of Learning, Dr. Rey Rivera, to take the helm July 1 

Following a comprehensive nationwide search, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Vice President of Learning Dr. Rey Rivera has been named the college’s new President. Dr. Rivera, who begins his new position July 1, replaces Dr. Ernest Lara who announced his retirement in February.

Dr. Rivera brings more than 23 years of higher education experience to his role as President. Before becoming EMCC’s Vice President of Learning in 2016, Dr. Rivera spent 15 years as a full-time EMCC mathematics faculty member during which he served two terms as EMCC’s Faculty Senate President. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Rivera passionately supports EMCC's Learning College paradigm by supporting faculty and staff in creating the best learning environments for our students and community. Additionally, he continues to teach mathematics at EMCC as an adjunct faculty.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Rivera for 19 years. He was the Faculty Senate President during my first year as President.  I admire his deep commitment to student success and making higher education more accessible in the West Valley," states Dr. Ernest Lara, outgoing EMCC President. "I look forward to watching him lead the college to even greater heights during his tenure."

Dr. Rivera serves as the EMCC representative to Western Maricopa Coalition's (WESTMARC) Education and Workforce Development Team and was recently elected to the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. He is one of the EMCC Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Tri-Chairs for Reaccreditation and is part of HLC’s Peer Reviewer Corps. He has held several leadership positions at EMCC and was recently selected as a 2019 Aspen Presidential Fellow.

"Dr. Rivera's work to expand student success and workforce development and his desire to build strong community partnerships make him well qualified to lead EMCC," said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. 

Dr. Rivera has an Ed.D. in higher and post-secondary education from Arizona State University; a Master of Science in mathematics from Purdue University; and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.