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New dean has passion for education

Lone Star College–CyFair’s Abdul Tamimi said his passion for education, developing community partnerships and love of challenges will be beneficial in his new role as Dean of New Program Development and Corporate Training.

Born in Kenya, having lived in Saudi Arabia, being fluent in Arabic and Swahili and drawing on a variety of job experiences provides Tamimi with a confidence to be comfortable with people of different cultures.

With his move to the United States in 1989, his passion for education led to a bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration from Texas Southern University as well as a master’s in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. 

Tamimi’s career in education began in 1998 at the Bilingual Education Institute, first as an ESOL Instructor and then as Cultural Orientation Coordinator.  In 2002, Tamimi joined the Lone Star College System as an Academic Advisor and International Student Services Coordinator at Lone Star College–Montgomery.

In January 2006, Tamimi started at Lone Star College–CyFair as a Continuing Education Program Manager and Adjunct ESOL faculty. Tamimi also helped build the Programs for Adult Learning Skills (P.A.L.S.), a workforce program for developmentally disabled adults at Lone Star College–CyFair. He is also involved with the Muslim Student Association and the P.A.L.S. Club. He will be part of the annual spring International Education Conference and will serve as chair-elect for the Houston Forum for International Student Advisors.

“I am fortunate to have experience in different areas in higher education. Teaching, advising, international education and continuing education will all help me in my new role,” said Tamimi. “As the Continuing Education Program Manager this past year, I was able to further develop my program development skills as well as understand the workforce needs of our community. Now I will add corporate training to the list.”

In this dean position, Tamimi plans to continue doing what he enjoys and that is building relationships between the community and Lone Star College–CyFair.

“I want to be responsive to our businesses and community’s needs and make sure the college is successful in meeting the needs of our local businesses and industries,” said Tamimi, who is married and has a toddler son.

Tamimi can be reached at 281-290-5982 or at abdul.tamimi@lonestar.edu.