Alexander Okwonna Has Been Appointed Provost at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas

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.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Black Film Project and Film Studies Fellowships Established at Harvard University

Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, will direct the newly established Black Film Project, an initiative aiming to support independent films focusing on Black history and culture.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Yale Library Acquires Digital Collection of Langston Hughes Papers

In a recent December upload, the Yale University Library added a collection of papers from Black poet Langston Hughes to the school's online archive. The collection contains correspondence between Hughes and other authors and civil rights activists of his time.

Academic Fields Where Blacks Earned Few or No Doctoral Degrees in 2022

In 2022, African Americans earned 1.2 percent of all mathematics and statistics doctorates, 1.2 percent of all doctorates in computer science, 1.7 percent of all doctorates in chemistry, and only 1.7 percent of all doctorates awarded in engineering disciplines.

Featured Jobs