Dallas College Board of Trustees appoints Dr Justin Lonon as new Chancellor
Dallas, Texas – The Dallas College Board of Trustees has named Dr Justin Lonon as the sole finalist for the position of Dallas College Eighth Chancellor. Dr. Lonon’s appointment must be approved by a formal vote of the Trustees, after a 21-day waiting period required by the State of Texas..
Last month, Dr Joe May announced his intention to retire as Chancellor effective August 2022.
?? Dr. Justin Lonon is a passionate advocate for the students and employees of Dallas College and has been a driving force in strengthening our institution. Does he truly believe in our mission to transform lives and communities through higher education and this belief is reflected in everything he does? said Monica Lira Bravo, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Board is confident that Dr. Lonon has the right experience, skills and vision to continue to bridge the educational divide in Dallas County, making Dallas College a valuable resource for students, community partners and employers. . We appreciate the continued leadership that Dr May will provide to the institution and to Dr Lonon over the next year, ?? said Lira Bravo.
May will retain the role of Chancellor until 2022 and will work alongside Lonon during that time to ensure continuity throughout the transition.
“I thank the Board of Trustees for honoring my retirement request, but even more for recognizing the existing leadership talent we have in place by appointing Dr. Justin Lonon as the next Chancellor of Dallas College. I look forward to working with him over the next year as we build on the momentum we have gained as an institution. said May.
Since joining the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in 2005, Lonon has provided direction and vision for nearly all functional areas of the college, always keeping special attention to meeting the needs of students, employees and the community. Lonon was instrumental in consolidating the former DCCCD seven colleges into Dallas College last year, leading the transition team to implement the full restructuring.
He most recently served as Executive Vice Chancellor of Dallas College with responsibility for Finance, Government Relations, Law, Board Relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, facilities, human resources, innovation and technology, marketing and communications, safety and security, emergency management, institutional effectiveness and strategic initiatives. Lonon previously headed the Education Policy, Workforce, and Economic Development, and Institutional Research Divisions at Dallas College. He was also Interim President of Brookhaven College in 2019, supervising over 13,000 students.
?? After more than 15 years of serving this institution, I look forward to leading Dallas College as we focus on removing barriers to education and opening doors to opportunities for residents of County of Dallas. Lonon said. “By continuing to work with partners across city, state, and nation, Dallas College can amplify our efforts to create a talent pipeline for high-demand jobs and fulfill our mission. I am committed to continuing the ongoing work with students, faculty and staff to create a culture of impact, innovation and caring at Dallas College. ??
A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Lonon led the creation of the college’s first social responsibility office, which offers an integrated approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability and diversity of suppliers. He is a champion of education for all and led the education policy team in the early development and implementation of the Dallas County Promise. He also led legislative strategy and was a project leader for the creation of the Dallas College Early Years Bachelor Program, the first in the institution’s 55-year history.
A long-time resident of the Dallas area, Lonon has actively served the community through his participation on numerous community and civic boards, including the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Advancement Committee, the Dallas Father of the Year Board, and United Ways. of Texas, based in Austin. Advice. He has also served on the Garland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Dallas Regional Chamber Policy and Education Committees, and the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Nationally, Lonon serves on boards of directors, most notably as the former chair of the Higher Education Government Relations Task Force for the American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities. , the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also sits on the board of directors of COMBASE, a national consortium of major community colleges.
Lonon previously worked at Dallas City Hall as the mayor’s press secretary. In addition, he served as director of communications and chief campaign spokesperson in the US Senate.
During his work in the private sector, Lonon served as vice president and director of public affairs for one of the leading independent public relations and strategic communications firms in Dallas. In this capacity, he has represented various civic and nonprofit clients including Parkland Hospital, Central Dallas Association (now DDI, Inc.), Dallas City Retired Employees Association, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the Downtown Improvement District.
The Arkansas native received his undergraduate degree in public administration from Missouri State University; his master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas; and his doctorate in management from the University of Maryland ?? Global campus.
About Dallas College
Dallas College, formerly the Dallas County Community College District, was founded in 1965 and consists of seven campuses: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland. Dallas College offers online learning and serves over 83,000 credits and 25,000 continuing education students during the fall and spring semesters. Dallas College also offers double credit to students at partner high schools and Dallas County first high schools. Dr Joe May, the college’s 7th chancellor, created the Dallas College Higher Education Network in partnership with area school districts, colleges and universities, businesses, community organizations and others to support student success and college completion by removing barriers and providing services that help them graduate to college and start their professional careers.