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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ACC Regents Leaving Board

ACC Regents Leaving Board

A former educator and automotive professional stepped down after a combined 82 years of serving on the ACC Board of Regents.

Regents Bart DeWitt and Doyle Swindell, both ACC alums, both decided not to seek another term this year.

Kam Marvel will run unopposed for DeWitt’s position and Dr. Jim Crumm will run unopposed for Swindell’s position in the May 5 election.

“Since I’ve been on the board I feel we’ve come a long way,” said DeWitt. “I still think there’s work to be done and I’m going to miss having my input. I’ve enjoyed working with the people and the staff. I’ve also served on the board with a lot good people. I know I’m going to miss it but the time has come.”

Swindell is stepping down after serving on the board since 1982.

“I would like to have some younger faces on the board,” Doyle Swindell said. “I think that’s good for the college. I’m happy to have served on the board as well as those I served with. I’m very proud of the time I’ve served as a regent.”

DeWitt joined the board as a trustee in 1972. Prior to and after he was elected to the board, he served as a math teacher at Houston and Friendswood school districts, retiring in 1994. After watching other elected officials in charge, DeWitt, said he decided to join the board because he wanted to help improve his community.

“I figured I could make just as good as decisions as they could using common sense,” he said. “I told myself if I get elected, I’m just going to be who I am.”

In his time on the board of regents, DeWitt has seen drastic changes to the campus. Voters in 1976 approved an $8 million bond issue for  the construction of buildings A, B, C and D. The college also added to the gym, purchased land, purchased Building K, constructed Building N, among others. Voters also approved a $19.9 million bond to construct Building S in 2005.

“The college has really expanded,” DeWitt said. “There have been quite a bit of changes.”

DeWitt said there is no one accomplishment that he’s most proud of. What he does take pride in is that the regents were always willing to compromise and keep ACC’s interest at heart.

“We had a board that really worked together and we were able talk things out and come to agreements that were best for the college,” he said.

Swindell’s first experience with ACC was as a student when the college first opened with Alvin ISD in 1948. “That was 13th and 14th grade,” he said.

After serving in the Air Force of four years as an aircraft mechanic, Swindell went to work in the automotive business as a salesman with Pearson Chevrolet and Oldsmobile which eventually became the Ron Carter Auto group. He now works with the company as a public relations and marketing representative.

Swindell served as chair of the board for nine years during his tenure.

He first decided to run for a regent position after a conversation with two other members.

“A couple of men on the board approached me and asked if I would run,” he said. “They encouraged me.”

The college has faced financial constraints through the budget process and as well as ongoing challenges with infrastructure, Swindell said.

“We managed to keep it going well,” he said. “We always had a good faculty.”

During the time he served, Swindell said he is glad to have seen the college acquire the Nolan Ryan Center as well as the expansion of the Science/Health Science Center.

“The college itself has a good reputation and we’ve always had our share of good students,” he said.



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