Hillsborough Community College President Dr. Ken Atwater to serve as chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

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26 October 2016

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is proud to announce President Dr. Ken Atwater as the newly-elected chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Dr. Atwater accepted his position during the 2016 annual meeting where the Tampa Hillsborough EDC celebrated another great year of exciting economic growth and community success.  
“I am honored to assume the mantle of leadership for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation,” said Dr. Ken Atwater. “I look forward to offering support for the important work they do to enhance the economic viability of our community.” 
In addition to being a part of the leadership of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, he is past chairman of the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and serves on the Museum of Science & Industry’s National Board and the CEO Council.
Between his commitment to education and to the multitude of local organizations, it is clear that Dr. Atwater and the community at HCC are invested in seeing the Tampa and Hillsborough County community reach new heights.
Dr. Ken Atwater became the seventh president of HCC on July 1, 2010. Founded in 1968, HCC is currently the seventh largest community college in Florida’s state college system, serving more than 45,000 students each year at its five campuses and three centers. HCC offers more than 160 academic programs, including 30 associate in arts transfer tracks and over 130 workforce programs, has an annual budget of over $168 million and employs more than 2300. Over 84 percent of HCC graduates stay in the local community, and, together, HCC and its former students contribute more than $1.1 billion in added income and economic impact to Hillsborough County. HCC is also the tenth largest associate degree producing two-year institution in the country.
Dr. Atwater earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, and Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

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