HCC appoints Ford Fisher Interim Chancellor

HOUSTON — The Houston Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Margaret Ford Fisher, Ed.D., as the college’s interim chancellor at a special meeting today.

Dr. Ford Fisher will take the reins of HCC, effective Sept. 1. She was the sole finalist following a national search that concluded in late June.

“I am greatly honored to serve as interim chancellor, and for the trust of our esteemed trustees,” Dr. Ford Fisher said. “I am deeply invested in advancing student success and diligently working with our great faculty and staff to provide life-changing education for our students and our community.”

Dr. Ford Fisher is the inaugural president of HCC Online College, the seventh HCC college established in February 2018. HCC Online College was recognized by Newsweek as “One of America’s Best Online Colleges” in 2022 and 2023.

As the president of Online College, Dr. Ford Fisher’s team established more than 60 fully online degree programs, and more than 70 hybrid programs with an annual enrollment that exceeded 62,000 students. Prior to holding the Online College presidency, she served as president of HCC Northeast College for 20 years.

A long-time educator, Dr. Ford Fisher is the author of more than 50 publications and four books, including the first book focused on dual credit, High School Students Earning College Credit: Guide to Creating Dual Credit Programs (1996), which bolstered dual credit enrollment across the country and received national and international acclaim.

Dr. Ford Fisher received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and master’s degree in the Teaching of English at Wichita State University. She also received her doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.

“The Board of Trustees and I believe Dr. Ford Fisher’s accomplishments, qualifications and willingness to serve will be critical to advancing the Board’s expectations,” said Board Chair Dr. Cynthia Lenton-Gary.

ABOUT HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Houston Community College is composed of 14 Centers of Excellence and numerous satellite centers that serve the diverse communities in the Greater Houston area by preparing individuals to live and work in an increasingly international and technological society. HCC is one of the country’s largest singly accredited, open-admission community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities.