Dr. Ken Atwater became the seventh president of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) on July 1, 2010. Founded in 1968, HCC is currently the fifth largest community college in the Florida College System, serving more than 47,000 students each year at its five campuses and three centers. HCC offers more than 190 academic options, including 35 associate in arts transfer tracks and over 160 workforce programs, has an annual budget of over $180 million and employs more than 2,300. Over 84 percent of HCC graduates stay in the local community, and, together, HCC and its former students contribute more than $1.3 billion in added income and economic impact to Hillsborough County.
Dr. Atwater is the Chair of the Foundation of the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Jameis Winston Dream Forever Foundation. He is also currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Economic Recovery Task Force Re-Employment Work Group and the American Association of Community Colleges Apprenticeship Task Force.
Dr. Atwater earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, and Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.