I recently responded to the Dallas Morning News Voters Guide Questionnaire. These questions were sent to all candidates and I am the only candidate to respond to each question that was applicable. You can see my responses by clicking here.
As a Dallas College Trustee I Will:
Advocate Dallas College policies that will significantly improve the economically disadvantaged students’ opportunity to educational attainment.
Support Dallas College policies that will enhance the number and quality of employer partners available to credentialed students.
Support Dallas College policies that will ensure guided pathways to completed credentials within 66 academic hours for career opportunities or transfers to universities.
Advocate enhanced policies that will ensure that Dallas College workforce development efforts not only create new jobs, but jobs that will support new science and technology with accompanying higher wages.
Advocate a stronger and more effective alliance and cooperative partnership with K-12 education organizations to ensure a higher number of college ready students.
Why Did I Choose to Serve on the Dallas County College Board?
While serving as Chairman of the Best Southwest (BSW) Partnership, a coalition of 12 cities and businesses in southwest Dallas County, I had the opportunity to work with the Presidents’ and senior staff members Dallas Collge. I observed great educational benefits that were either not known or fully understood by the stakeholders of Dallas County. I quickly recognized that Dallas College was like Parkland Hospital, one of the best kept secrets in the county. Also while involved with BSW I worked with all the local school superintendents in our organization and I observed an opportunity for better coordination between K-12 organizations and Dallas College.
Another key player in the BSW partnership was our industry partners, the key ingredient to work force development. I realized that I had been blessed to have had the opportunity to see the synergistic value in these very interrelated entities and the tremendous potential that they could deliver to the stakeholders of Dallas County.
I strongly believe that our areas of service along our life’s journey are not about individual areas served, but collectively what they prepare you to do in the future. That being said, I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the governance of Dallas College by utilizing my experiences in business and public service.
What are my Qualification to be a Dallas College Trustee?
Fifty plus years of business development and operation experience and over 23 years of local government elected and appointed positions. Specifically related to Dallas College I chaired one of Dallas Counties’ largest organizations, Parkland Health and Hospital System. In addition, I had the privilege of serving on the Hardin-Simmons University Board of Trustees in Abilene.