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Ernest Lara, Ph.D.

Dr. Ernest Lara brings more than 30-years of higher education experience to his role as president of Estrella Mountain Community College. Appointed president on July 1, 2007, Dr. Lara’s extensive career reflects a strong commitment to student development and the community college mission.

His post-secondary experience includes working at Arizona State University and three of the Maricopa Community Colleges as a faculty member, student services program director, division chair, and dean of student services.

Dr. Lara is a committed community member and serves on several local boards, including Leadership West, Luke Air Force – Honorary Commanders Program, and the West Valley Hispanic Forum Leadership Institute Advisory Board.

As a community college product, Dr. Lara received an associate degree from Glendale Community College. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Guidance and Counseling, a Master of Counseling, and a PhD from the Higher and Adult Education Program with an emphasis in Student Development, all from Arizona State University.