Dr. Gerald Fernandez Napoles
President, Lone Star College-North Harris
Dr. Gerald Fernandez Napoles became president of Lone Star College-North Harris in July 2015. He previously served as senior vice president of student and organizational success at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College and was vice president of student affairs for the institution.
Prior to joining Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Dr. Napoles served as dean of learner outreach/assistant to the president at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, KY. He also spent six years working in the Dallas County Community College District, serving at both Richland College and Eastfield College. He has experiences working with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and the Los Angeles Community College District Office.
Dr. Napoles is committed to servant leadership and lifelong learning. He has served on American Association of Community College’s National Asian Pacific Islander Council and is currently serving on AACC’s Commission on Public Relations Advocacy and Advancement. He also currently serves on the Lone Star College Foundation Board, Northwest Assistance Ministries, Greater Houston Partnership Health Care Advisory Committee, and Greens Bayou Coalition.
He has served as a guest lecturer for colleges and universities and was an adjunct instructor at Western Kentucky University.
Dr. Napoles has received the Administrator of the Year award from KCTCS and the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. He has been recognized as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky and a Duke of Hazard by the Mayor of Hazard, KY. He was awarded a Humanitarian Award from the Latino Learning Center in Houston and is also on the Student Wall of Honor at Richland College. He also has received the Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education organization.
Dr. Napoles holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in general studies in aging from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in sociology from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Napoles began his higher education journey at a community college, Richland College in Dallas.