Dr. Ken Atwater became the seventh president of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) on July 1, 2010. Founded in 1968, HCC is currently the sixth 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 $1.1 billion in added income and economic impact to Hillsborough County.
Dr. Atwater currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the Tampa – Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation Foundation, and the Jameis Winston Dream Forever Foundation.
Dr. Atwater earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, and a Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.