Alexander Okwonna is the new provost of the North Campus of San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas. The San Jacinto Community College System enrolls more than 32,000 students according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 9 percent of the student body.
Dr. Okwonna has been serving as dean of Health and Natural Science at the San Jacinto College South Campus, a position he held for the last seven years. His primary responsibilities were in curriculum and instruction strategy and execution, and he oversaw the operation of five science and six allied health programs.
Dr. Okwonna has been in higher education for more than 15 years. During his tenure at San Jacinto College, he has served as pharmacy technology professor, program director, and department chair. Dr. Okwonna is also a registered pharmacist and has served in the United States Army.
“I am excited about being selected for the position of Provost and I look forward to serving and supporting the faculty, staff, and students of the North Campus,” said Dr. Okwonna. “As a proud community college graduate, my educational journey mirrors that of many of our students. I understand many of their challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. As I interact with our students, I see a piece of my personal story in each one of them and this drives my commitment and passion for eliminating barriers to student success.”
Dr. Okwonna holds an associate’s degree from Houston Community College as well as a pharmacy doctorate from Texas Southern University.