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Dr. Mark Escamilla, Del Mar College President and CEO

Dr. Mark Escamilla, President

Dr. Mark Escamilla joined Del Mar College as president and chief executive officer in October 2008. Since then, the College has consistently reached new milestones in instructional delivery, academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, administrative performance and collaboration with other educational institutions, businesses and industries.

During Dr. Escamilla’s tenure, Del Mar College has experienced robust enrollment, with peak enrollment at more than 16,500 individual academic students and 10,000 workforce and continuing education students per year. The College has expanded its high school dual credit courses to over 25 independent school districts throughout its service area. The College also works closely with businesses and industries in the region, providing workforce training for thousands of Coastal Bend residents annually.

The College’s capital improvement programs from 2014 and 2016 encompass nearly $300 million in voter-approved bonds for new campus construction and renovation. The results are modern, state-of-the-art facilities on three campuses. The new Oso Creek Campus at Yorktown Boulevard and Rodd Field Road is the College's first new campus in over 60 years.

Dr. Escamilla successfully led the College’s reaffirmation of national accreditation in 2011, five-year accreditation review in 2016 and 10-year reaffirmation again in 2021. Also, in fiscal year 2021, the Del Mar College Foundation reached $32 million in total assets, raising approximately $3.1 million per year during the previous 10 years.

A Del Mar College graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Escamilla holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

In 2021, he was appointed by Texas Governor Abbott to serve on the Texas Commission on Community College Finance (TXCCCF), and he is lead member of the Workforce Education workgroup within that Commission. He also serves on the Legislative and Executive committees of the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Escamilla and his wife, Jodi, enjoy spending time outdoors with their sons, Benjamin and Lucas.

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Page last updated October 19, 2022.