• Letter from the President

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    Welcome to Del Mar College Online,

    As President of Del Mar College, as well as a former student of this nationally-recognized institution, I am dedicated to providing educational opportunities to empower you to achieve your dreams. 

    Del Mar College offers more than 190 degrees and certificate programs and enrolls some 22,000 credit and noncredit students each year to give you the education you need for the future you want. DMC is among the top 2% of institutions in the nation granting associate degrees to Hispanic students. 

    While my vision is global, my focus is local, keeping College costs affordable to serve our diverse population of adult learners and dual credit student in addition to our recent high school graduates. I’m proud to report that more Coastal Bend high school graduates choose DMC than any other institution. 

    Our wide variety of programs match current and emerging opportunities to prepare you for transfer or entering the workforce. Even in our challenging economy, DMC offers small, interactive classes and highly-qualified faculty with real-world experience. Del Mar offers you the knowledge, skills and career opportunities you deserve.

    As a student of this quality institution, I learned the wisdom shared by many alums, “If you can make it at Del Mar, you can make it anywhere.” If I can assist you to achieve your dreams, please contact me.


    Mark Escamilla, Ph.D.


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  • Dr. Mark Escamilla


    Dr. Mark Escamilla took the helm as president of Del Mar College in October 2008. He is a DMC graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  In 2009, he was selected as a “Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership” from The University.

    Dr. Escamilla led the College’s reaffirmation of national accreditation in 2011 without a single recommendation for improvement. He and the College’s Executive Team developed Access to Excellence, Del Mar College’s Strategic Plan for 2009-2014. During his tenure, Del Mar College grew to more than 12,000 students including six consecutive semesters of all-time high enrollment growth. 

    Dr. Escamilla currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, on the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Board, the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board and the Corpus Christi Medical Center Board among other commitments.

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  • Dr. Escamilla visits with Della Pierce, a retired employee from the Office of the Registrar and sister of late Professor Emeritus of English Mike Anzaldúa. Della returned to campus on April 23, 2013, to mark the establishment of the Mike Anzaldúa Memorial Scholarship. 

     Photo by Cody Bahn, Foghorn Editor-in-Chief.