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 West Valley Hospital Board of Directors, West Valley Think Tank and Valle del Sol. Other community service includes Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste Advisory Board, Estrella Rotary, Leadership West, and Luke Air Force - Honorary Commanders Program.
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 Ph.D. from the Higher and Adult Education Program with an emphasis in Student Development, all from Arizona State University.