Two finalists announced as finalist for North Harris College president

HOUSTON (June 11, 07) – The North Harris Montgomery Community College District approved two finalists for the position of North Harris College president. The finalists are Dr. Myrtle Dorsey, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, La., and Dr. Stephen Thomas, president of Vernon Community College in Vernon, Texas.

The remaining interview process will include meetings with various district and college individuals and groups, and open forums to provide faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to meet and ask the finalists questions. A luncheon with community leaders will also take place.

Chancellor-elect Richard Carpenter will select the new president, subject to ratification by the board of trustees.

“We are pleased to announce these two outstanding leaders as our finalists,” said Dr. John Pickelman, retiring chancellor. “Their interest in NHMCCD speaks highly of the quality of our institution.”

Dr. Dorsey received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas in the Community College Leadership Program. She began her career in higher education as reading specialist at both Bowie State University and The University of Maryland.

After stops at Howard Community College, Baltimore City Community College, Georgia Perimeter College and Cincinnati Technical and Community College, she was appointed chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College in 2002. 

Dr. Thomas began his higher education career as a part-time instructor at Midland College in Midland, Texas in 1976. He became a full-time faculty member in 1979 and was granted a sabbatical in 1984 to enroll in the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas.

Thereafter, he has served Lexington Community College in Lexington, Ky., and Victoria College in Victoria, Texas. He became president of Vernon Community College in 2000.

NHMCCD, among the five largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas, comprise, Cy-Fair College, Kingwood College, Montgomery College, North Harris College, Tomball College, six satellite centers, and The University Center. To learn more, visit www.lonestar.edu .

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