Dr. Manuel Gomez

Dr. Manuel Gomez is Estrella Mountain Community College’s new vice president of Academic Affairs.

Estrella Mountain Community College named Dr. Manuel Gomez the college’s new vice president of Academic Affairs last week. 

Gomez began his new position Monday, Jan. 20. He replaces Dr. Rey Rivera who filled the role before becoming Estrella Mountain’s president in July. 

Gomez, a first-generation college graduate, has nearly 25 years of higher education experience with over eight full-time years as an adjunct.

“Although I made the final decision, our entire campus was involved with hiring Dr. Gomez,” said Rivera. “Starting with a diverse hiring committee and ending with public forums and surveys in which the entire community was invited to participate. I am very excited about the vast array of skills and experiences Dr. Gomez brings to the table as well as how his disposition and approach will complement the senior leadership team.”

Gomez was associate provost and registrar at National American University. He collaborated with academic officers and staff to support online and ground students and faculty at all university locations.

Gomez earned his doctorate in philosophy with an emphasis in Spanish literature and culture from the University of Arizona.  He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. EMCC’s main campus is on Thomas and Dysart Roads in Avondale. Classes are also offered online and at two Buckeye locations: EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Arizona, and at the EMCC at West-MEC Southwest Campus at 500 N. Verrado Way.