Elvia Ortiz Segura is New Director of Educational Services at Galveston College

Elvia O. Segura has been named Director of Educational Services at Galveston College, Dr. Cissy Matthews, Vice President of Instruction announced this week. Previously, she served as a student success advisor in the Counseling and Advising Center.

As Director of Educational Services, Segura will be responsible for the development and administration of the dual-credit partnerships with high schools in the college’s service area, as well as the college’s distance-education program.

“We are excited to have Elvia leading our Educational Services programs at Galveston College,” said Dr. Matthews. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience in working with students, faculty and administrators, and will be a great asset to the college in networking with our school districts, students and families in promoting and expanding our Educational Services programs.”

Segura is the only one of five siblings who graduated from college. She gives credit to her father who chose to change his legacy when he decided to move from Mexico to provide a better life for a family he dreamed of having one day.

She was born and raised in south Texas, where she also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University and just started her second year at Abilene Christian University in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education program.

Segura’s career in higher education began 15 years ago at her alma mater, UTPA, as a professional guidance counselor for the Academic Advisement Center. She moved back to the Gulf Coast area in 2009 and worked in the College of Business at the University of Houston-Clear Lake until late 2012 when she joined Galveston College under a Title V grant. In 2017, she joined the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center team.

Segura said she looks forward to her new journey and aspires to keep making a difference for students, faculty, and the Galveston College community.

“I am very excited to extend my services to the dual-credit and distance-learning students with this new role,” Segura said.

“I also look forward to helping student populations that may have not had the opportunity to take advantage of the dual-credit program or students who may not understand the flexibility online education allows. I am most hopeful to be a voice for racially minoritized students who feel out of the loop but want to get an education.”