Original Release from: Houston Community College Northwest
Houston Community College Northwest, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Destry Dokes, has accepted a new role at San Jacinto College. Dr. Dokes will be the executive director of the new San Jacinto College’s 57-acre campus, which will open in Fall 2020 at Generation Park in Northeast Harris County. Dr. Dokes will be responsible for building the foundation of the campus (i.e., academically, culturally, and staffing), which will house approximately3,000 students when it opens next year, with an anticipated growth to 10,000 students and several buildings during the next two decades.
Dr. Dokes came to HCC after leaving The Medical Center, where he served in administrative and operational roles for more than 18 years. Dr. Dokes joined HCC Northwest as a part-time receptionist and adviser, and was quickly promoted to COO; he has been with HCC for more than six years. During that time Dr. Dokes obtained his doctoral degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Walden University. According to Dr. Dokes, this new position will provide the platform to utilize his expertise gained throughout his career, and more specifically at HCC.
In December 2017, HCC Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado appointed Dr. Dokes as interim president of the HCC Northeast College, where he served for approximately 18 months. Dr. Dokes said, “I appreciate the chancellor’s confidence in me to lead the college, and I am grateful for Dr. Hodges’ mentorship, which has been instrumental in preparing me for this exciting new opportunity.” According to Dr. Hodges, president of HCC Northwest, “He believed Dr. Dokes was bound for great things, and he is very supportive of his team members who want to grow and expand their horizons in their professional careers.” He added, “That although we are happy for Destry and this great new opportunity, we will miss him; he has made significant contributions to our college.”
Dr. Dokes stated that he is very excited about his new adventure, however, leaving HCC is bittersweet. He said that he is very grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the HCC family, and the experience has been invaluable. Dr. Dokes’ last day at HCC is Friday, Sept. 13.