The following are my answers to the Dallas Morning News Voters Guide Questionnaire. These questions were sent to all candidates. Click here to read the responses from other candidates or see which candidate did not take the time to respond to some, or all, of these questions.
Age and contact information:
Occupation/main source of income:
Business operation of commercial properties
Education (include all degrees):
AA Temple Junior College
BBA from Baylor University with Major in Accounting
MBA from Auburn University
Highlights of current civic involvement/accomplishment:
Best Southwest Partnership
Duncanville Rotary Club
Ministry at Laurenwood Nursing Home
Highlights of past civic involvement/accomplishment:
Mayor, City of Duncanville, TX
City Councilman, City of Duncanville, TX
Board Chairman, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Trustee, Hardin-Simmons University
Previous public offices sought or held:
Mayor, City of Duncanville, TX, 2 Terms
City Councilman, City of Duncanville, TX, 2 Terms
How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
Who are your top three contributors?
Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings? If so, please explain:
Have you ever been involved in any civil lawsuits or declared personal or professional bankruptcy? If so, please explain:
Civil lawsuits as a part of normal business operations experienced by business owners. No current or unresolved past actions.
What is an example of how you led a team or group toward achieving an important goal?
The opportunity to be the co-chairman of the Blue Ribbon committee that was charged with the design and financing of the new Parkland Hospital was a great challenge and rewarding effort. The product of our work is the beautiful new Parkland Hospital. Our team worked hard to design a facility that was focused on workflow and efficiency. Our team was very excited that we were able to convey the need of the facility to the stakeholders of Dallas County. Stakeholders approved the financing of the 1.2 billion dollar project with 82% in favor of the project. A position on the Board of Dallas College would allow me the opportunity to again contribute to the expansion of required facilities.
Why are you running for this office?
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 of Dallas College. 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 workforce 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.
Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
I should be your choice for the District 5 representative because my experience in governing large institutions will bring value to Dallas College. I have extensive experience in understanding and executing the financial operations of large governmental institutions. I bring extensive relationships within Dallas County and will use them to benefit Dallas College. I recognize the need to strengthen the relationship with local school districts and I have the established relationships that can assist in this effort. I will use my 50 plus years of business experience to identify and enhance the number of businesses that will provide employment opportunities for Dallas College graduates.
Length of residency in Texas and, if applicable, within the district or jurisdiction of the specific office you are seeking:
Resident of Texas for 66 years and resident of District 44 years
If elected, what two issues would you give the most attention and resources?
When elected I will:
Ensure that economically disadvantage students understand there is no financial prohibition that will prevent them from attending Dallas College.
Assist Dallas College leadership in workforce development efforts. I will assist in enhancing the number and quality of employer partners available to credentialed students.
For non-incumbent trustees: Have you attended any trustee meetings? If so, what have you learned about how a board member can be effective?
The most important contribution a board member makes is to first be a good listener. A good board member will expend the necessary time researching and preparing for the task and then share their thoughts in a constructive manner.
If elected, what role would you take in implementing public health measures to combat COVID-19? Assess the federal, state and local response in your district to COVID-19, specifically addressing each.
I think this is an operational issue and I would review the leadership efforts to ensure they comply with State and Federal guidelines.
Describe your reaction to the protests in North Texas in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Do you support the protests, and why or why not? What actions would you take if elected to address concerns raised during these protests or as result of them?
I strongly support peaceful protest. Justice should be applied the same for all. Dallas College policies should ensure that our rules and guidelines for students and faculty are administered the same to all parties.
What concerns, if any, do you have about the effect of online education on students and on DCCCD? Are there any pandemic-related changes that DCCCD should retain? Anything DCCCD should learn from the experience?
I think online education is a valuable tool for the college and the student. We should learn from this experience and adopt any process changes that enhance the experience of higher education learning.
Assess the performance of the Dallas County Promise program. Has it been successful? What, if anything, would you change?
I have not had access to program data and would reserve any opinion until I have had a chance to review all the facts.
DCCCD has an important role in welcoming first-generation college students to the world of higher education. Is DCCCD fulfilling that role? What, if anything, needs changing?
This is a very important area that I am sure needs improvement, you can not have enough seminars that help first generation families navigate the very challenging task of entering the world of higher education. Start the interaction with students and families earlier
What hurdles remain for first-generation and non-traditional students to complete their degrees, and what should DCCCD do to address those issues?
Communication and counseling. Career planning and financial support are the areas that can always be enhanced. I would be very supportive of having structured classes for families with students starting their junior year of high school.
Assess the performance of DCCCD partnerships with local high schools. Do the programs meet the standards of community college? What, if any, changes would you make?
I do not have access to data and programs that would permit me to comment on the effectiveness of this area.
As you look around the country, what innovative ideas would you recommend for improving post-high-school education in North Texas?
I would like to see Dallas College pursue more intern/work programs for our students. I think these programs assist students who have financial challenges over and above the cost of school. I think this program would reduce the number of students drop outs.
North Texas continues to attract new businesses and jobs. What is DCCCD’s role in ensuring the North Texas workforce is prepared for these jobs? Is DCCCD fulfilling this need? Why or why not?
I think Dallas College does a good job in the area of workforce development. We need to get more businesses involved in the program. I think this can be obtained by better educating the business community as to the value the College brings to their company and industry. This is a great opportunity.
What is your vision for DCCCD?
To be a true partner with the students, local businesses and the college faculty. Ensure that economically disadvantaged students are afforded an equal opportunity for a secondary education. Increase the number and quality of business partners. Ensure that students have a guided pathways to complete credentialing in 66 college hours. Continue to improve the relationships with the K-12 campuses. Make maximum use of facilities and capital assets.