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Adolfo Gamez

A. Gamez

Adolfo Gamez retired from Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) in April 2014 as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Development Operations, after 35 years of working in the education system. Born and raised in Tolleson, Ariz., he grew up in a family of nine brothers and sisters.

Dr. Ernest Lara

Ernest Lara

Dr. Ernest Lara, the current president of Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), is originally from Prescott, Arizona. Born the youngest of 10 children, the value of an education was always stressed in his family. His parents had only completed the 6th grade in Mexico, and it was important to them that all their kids graduate from high school. Dr. Lara describes growing up in Prescott as a small-town experience of paper routes, playing baseball, and knowing his neighbors.

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