Letter from the President Get the Flash Player to see this rotator. 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 200 degrees and certificate programs and enrolls some 25,000 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. Sincerely, Mark Escamilla, Ph.D.President Dr. Mark Escamilla Del Mar College President Since Dr. Mark Escamilla took the helm as president of Del Mar College in October 2008, the College has reached new milestones in instructional delivery, academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, administrative performance and collaboration with other educational institutions, businesses and industries. Dr. Escamilla considers raising the educational attainment level of the Coastal Bend region a moral imperative. To that end, College credit enrollment has grown 12.9% in the past two years, and the number of noncredit and workforce credentials awarded has more than doubled in the past five years. The College has expanded its Dual Credit courses to 24 independent school districts across three counties. The College also works closely with new and established business and industry in the region, providing workforce training for thousands of Coastal Bend residents annually. Under his leadership, the College successfully completed five- and ten-year accreditation reviews. Del Mar College has earned multiple national awards for financial accountability and budget transparency. The Del Mar Foundation joined the ranks of the top 100 community college foundations in the nation for overall financial assets and for annual fundraising. A Del Mar College 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, Dr. Escamilla was selected as a “Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program” from The University in 2009. Dr. Escamilla currently serves on the Legislative Committee and the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board, and other educational and community service commitments. He and his wife Jodi dedicate time to serve as school volunteers and sports coaches for their two sons, Benjamin and Lucas. 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.