As Associate Vice Chancellor for Community College Partnership at University of Texas System, Martha coordinates the UT System community college transfer initiatives to promote collaboration between the 50 community college districts and UT institutions and address statewide policy issues impacting transfer. She also chairs the executive committee for the UT distance education shared service alliance and works with the UT System Leadership Institute. Dr. Ellis is an adjunct professor in the Educational Administration Department at UT Austin. Martha is a coach for Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. She is the facilitator for the Future Leaders Institute for Workforce Development for the American Association of Community Colleges.
Martha has 28 years of experience in community colleges in Texas. Prior to coming the UT System, Ellis was president of Lee College in Baytown, Texas. Martha was also president of Texas State Technical College in Waco and held various leadership positions and charter faculty member at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. She began her professional career at Eastfield College of the Dallas County Community College District.
Ellis has won numerous teaching awards, has scholarly publications, and is a presenter at national conferences on leadership development, economic development strategic partnership, information technology, crisis management and college completion. Martha has volunteered on various chamber, economic development, and hospital boards.
Dr. Ellis recently completed 6 years as a Commissioner for the Commission on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Commission on Women in Higher Education for the American Council on Education. She served on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges. She was president of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ellis is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association.
In addition to her PhD from the University of North Texas, Ellis has a Master of Science degree from University of Texas at Dallas, and bachelorís degree from American Christian College. She completed post graduate work at Columbia University in New York, an internship at the Albert Ellis Institute New York, and the Presidentís Institute at Harvard University.