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Program in Higher Education Leadership

Doctoral student Gigi Do is a member of the Program in Higher Education Leadership at UT.

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The University of Texas at Austin
Program in Higher Education Leadership
Community College (doctoral concentration)

Newly Admitted 2013 Cohort Doctoral Students

The following information can be found on the University of Texas-Austin College of Education webpage.


Michael Acosta earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He has a Master of Public Service and Administration from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.  While enrolled at the Bush School, Michael was a co-author of Beyond the barriers: issues and ideas on improving access, a report prepared for the State of Texas’ Special Committee on 21st Century Colleges and Universities.

Michael’s early career in engineering was spent in design, analysis and quality assurance roles at the Texas Department of Transportation, the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, and Applied Materials Incorporated.

Michael’s twelve-year career in higher education has included being Director of Undergraduate Enrollment and Student Development at Southern Methodist University, School of Engineering and Director of Graduate Recruiting at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Most recently, Michael served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.  While at OLLU, Michael was responsible for design, implementation, and assessment of enrollment, financial aid, retention, and student development programs for a primarily first-generation student population.  In 2011, Michael was chosen as a Founding Fellow of the Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. and the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.  Michael currently works as an independent education consultant, assisting both students and institutions in navigating the admissions and financial aid process.


Gigi Do serves as Executive Director of the Office of International Initiatives for Houston Community College (HCC) in Texas, where she establishes and oversees the college’s extensive and award-winning ties overseas.  In Qatar, she successfully launched a new school, the Community College of Qatar, which had its first graduating class in 2012.  In Saudi Arabia, she established ties under which HCC administrators helped provide American and Saudi accreditations for an existing school, Riyadh Community College.  In Vietnam, she has supervised a 12-year partnership with the Saigon Institute of Technology where over 1,200 Vietnamese nationals have graduated with HCC associate degrees.  In 2008, she co-hosted a conference in Houston for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who praised the HCC-Saigon Tech partnership.  Besides generating revenue for HCC at a time of severe budget cuts, Ms. Do’s outreach provides extensive opportunities for HCC faculty, administrators, and students to work and study abroad, fulfilling HCC’s goal of globalizing Houston education.  HCC’s international initiatives received the 2011 Bellwether Award in the field of global workforce development.  In 2012, she was selected recipient of the Chancellor’s Eagle award for Administrator of the year.

Gigi is currently on educational leave with the Houston Community College to pursue her doctoral studies with the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at the University of Texas at Austin.  Ms. Do was born in Vietnam, and raised in the United States.  She is bilingual in English and Vietnamese.


Dorado M. Kinney is the Dean of Student Services at the Eastview campus of the Austin Community College District.  He received a M.S. in Management from the University of Denver, a M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University.  Dorado has over 17 years as a student affairs administrator at both two-year and four-year institutions.  He has worked in Greek life, multicultural student affairs, new student orientation, student judicial affairs, and student athlete support services.

In his current position, Dorado oversees the Eastview Campus advising, counseling, testing, assessment, disability services, and student conduct.  He also oversees the district wide advising process as well as the business/GED testing.  He is actively involved in the African American Male Mentor group as well as a variety of committees focused on students in developmental education.


Sammi Morrill is the Chief of Quality Assurance and Training Evaluations at the 937th Training Group, United States Air Force (USAF), located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  She currently supervises six personnel in the establishment and management of training evaluation programs for 160+ courses, identifying and tracking training metrics concerning the quality and effectiveness of training.  She monitors student production rates for 16 Air Force specialties, tracking 11,000 students annually.  Additionally, she is responsible for overall training compliance with all local, Higher Headquarters, and Air Force policies/directives.

Sammi completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (at Midwestern State University) and worked as a public school teacher in Wichita Falls, TX.  She entered the Air Force Palace Acquire internship program in 1999 at Sheppard AFB TX.  She then earned a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development, with an emphasis in Training and Development from Midwestern State University.  She has held a variety of different and advancing positions, to include: instructor within the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprentice Course (Sheppard AFB, TX); instructional system specialist (Brooks City-Base, TX); policy administrator (Randolph AFB, TX); Director, Academic Affairs (Brooks City-Base, TX), and Chief, Evaluations (Fort Sam Houston, TX).


 Guillermo Martinez III is currently an Institutional Studies Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability at the Austin Community College District.  Previously, Guillermo worked in the K-12 education sector as a Compensation Analyst with the Texas Association of School Boards.

Guillermo holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics (with a specialization in Actuarial Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelors of Science degrees in Statistics and in Mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Guillermo is an active member of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education and the Texas Association of Institutional Research.  His present research interests include student success, factors influencing community college graduation, and minority studies.


Carmen Serrata is originally from the small border town of Matamoros, Tamaulipas MX. Carmen was raised in the South Texas towns of Brownsville and Corpus Christi.  She began her post-secondary journey at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. It was there she began to understand firsthand the complexities of higher education for first-generation college students.  After transferring to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Carmen completed a bachelor’s in Business Administration.  During her last year, Carmen worked as a collegiate mentor at a predominantly low-income high school in Corpus Christi, where she discovered her passion for college access.

Since then, Carmen has completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas in San Antonio and has worked in various capacities in higher education.  Carmen is currently an academic advisor for the Trio Upward Bound program at Trinity University where she has the opportunity to work with high school students who battle their own challenges in their pursuit of higher education.

Carmen is driven to complete a doctoral program in order to develop her leadership skills and to conduct research that will help further the opportunities for underserved students.  She has a strong passion for investigating social justice themes as they relate to higher education and is hoping to match her leadership and scholastic abilities to her passion for education.


Diane E. Snyder is Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Alamo Colleges, San Antonio.  Diane is responsible for Financial Planning, Human Resources, Facilities Planning and Management, Accounting, Business Services, Student Financial Aid, and Public Safety. She also guides the nine-member, elected Board of Trustees on matters related to Alamo Colleges’ $500 million annual operating and capital budget.  Diane has more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience in public accounting, operations and financial management; with a proven track record of improving operational controls and efficiencies, especially in turnaround and high growth situations.

Prior to joining Alamo Colleges in 2008, Diane was an Executive Director for over twelve years for AT&T where she managed staffs of up to 225 employees and budgets of $5 million – $2.5 billion in such varied areas as accounting, internal audit, purchasing, inventory control/fulfillment, billing and revenue assurance, and call centers. At Price Waterhouse during 1987 to 1996, Diane managed audit assurance, compliance, merger and internal control assessments for a diverse client base including Mary Kay Cosmetics and East Texas Baptist University.

Diane holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting from University of North Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from Leslie College.  She is an active member of the Financial Executives Institute, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Assoc. of Community College Business Officers.  The San Antonio Business Journal recognized Ms. Snyder as Best CFO 2010 Education Category

Last updated on October 15, 2013