Union County College VP Named President Of Texas College

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Ralph Ford is leaving Union County College to become president of President of Central Texas College (Photo courtesy of Union County College)

Ralph Ford is leaving Union County College to become president of President of Central Texas College (Photo courtesy of Union County College)

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Ralph Ford was named Campus President of Central Texas College, a 40,000-student community college based in Killeen, Texas.

For the past eight years, Dr. Ford served as vice president of Student Services at Cranford-based Union County College. In this capacity, he has managed professional support for the College’s 13,000 students, overseeing enrollment services, counseling, financial aid, student testing, the Educational Opportunity Fund, and student clubs and athletics. With more than 30 years of higher-education experience, Dr. Ford has previously served in colleges in Texas as well as New York and Michigan.

As the new president of Central Texas College, Dr. Ford will lead a 40-year-old institution that spans more than a dozen Texas counties at six main campuses and more than 100 locations. The College also serves international locations, including military installations.

Union County College President Margaret McMenamin, who has worked with Dr. Ford during her three years as Union’s president, has deeply appreciated his contributions to the institution. “Dr. Ford brings a great deal of skill, experience, and many admirable qualities to his new position, not the least of which is his uncompromising advocacy for students. His care and concern for students has been the hallmark of his career. In selecting him for the presidency, Central Texas College is making a superb choice.”

Dr. Ford is leaving Union with mixed feelings. “Union County College is a spectacular institution that does more than merely pay lip service to its motto, ‘Students are Number One.’ In my experience at Union, the faculty and staff are united in the belief that they can make a difference in helping students succeed. And Central Texas College is also a world-class institution, so I feel as if I’m leaving one great community college for another one.”


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