William W. Harmon, former president of Central College of Houston Community College, died on December 26 after a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
From 2005 to 2016, Dr. Harmon served as president of Central College, which today enrolls about 18,000 students. The college has campuses in downtown Houston and on the city’s South Side. Earlier in his career, he was dean of health sciences at Wichita State University in Kansas, vice president for student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and vice president for student affairs at the University of Virginia.
A native of Charlotte, Dr. Harmon served in the U.S. Army for two years and then earned a bachelor’s degree and played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and a Ph.D. at Kansas State University.