For more than 15 years, Dr. Justin H. Lonon has provided proven executive and strategic leadership for Dallas College, guiding the institution to fulfill its mission of “transforming lives and communities through higher education.” Following a unanimous vote by the Dallas College Board of Trustees in 2021, Lonon was selected to be the college’s eighth chancellor in 2022.
Lonon previously served as executive vice chancellor leveraging his institutional knowledge to provide intentional leadership to the finance, governmental relations, legal, board relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, facilities, human resources, innovation and technology, marketing and communications, safety and security, emergency management, institutional effectiveness and strategic initiatives functional areas.
Lonon served as a driving force in the consolidation of the 55-year-old Dallas County Community College District — and its seven colleges — into one Dallas College. The historic move helps to meet the needs of Dallas County students, improving their access to in-demand degrees and credentials.
With a keen focus on equity and inclusion, Lonon championed the creation of the college’s inaugural Office of Social Responsibility and Inclusion. The office is in response to Dallas College’s longstanding commitment to creating and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment that supports all students’ and employees’ pursuit of excellence.
Lonon’s experience as a collaborative leader in higher education transcends the executive suite. He previously served as interim president of Dallas College’s Brookhaven Campus, overseeing the 13,000+ students the campus welcomes each semester.
Prior to joining Dallas College in 2005, Lonon worked in the private sector providing public affairs council to local and national companies and non-profit organizations. Lonon began his career in Dallas at City Hall serving as press secretary for the Mayor’s Office.
Because of his commitment to higher education and the Dallas community, Lonon serves on several national and local boards including the Austin-based United Ways of Texas, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ Advancement Committee, the North Texas Crime Commission, the Dallas Father of the Year Awards, Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), COMBASE, a national consortium of leading community colleges, and as past chair of the Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations for the American Association of Community Colleges, among others.
The Arkansas native earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Missouri State University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas and a doctorate in management from the University of Maryland – Global Campus.