Russell Lowery-Hart

2023-24 Aspen Presidents Fellow
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, is currently the Chancellor for Austin Community College District effective October 1, 2023. He was previously the President for Amarillo College since 2014. Amarillo College was named the 2023 Aspen Prize Co-Winner for Community College Excellence.

Russell’s leadership is focused on improving student success through systemic and cultural change centered on one word: LOVE. Under Russell’s leadership, Amarillo College developed the systemic Culture of Caring targeting removal of poverty barriers that was featured in The Atlantic (June 2018) and in the documentary on AmazonPrime, The Antidote.

Dr. Lowery-Hart previously served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Amarillo College and named the National Council of Instructional Administrators Academic Leader of the Year for 2014. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University; M.A. Texas Tech University; and, B.S. from West Texas State University.

As of October 1st, Dr. Lowery-Hart will be the new Chancellor of Austin Community College District.