The Dallas College Board of Trustees, on June 23, 2021, approved Dr. Justin Lonon as the eighth chancellor of Dallas College, effective Sept. 1, 2022. The appointment of Dr. Lonon was approved by a formal vote of the trustees, following a 21-day waiting period required by the state of Texas.
Dr. Joe May previously announced his intent to retire as chancellor effective in August 2022. He will remain in the chancellor role through 2022 and work alongside Lonon during that time to ensure continuity through the transition.
“Dr. Justin Lonon is a passionate advocate for Dallas College students and employees and has been a driving force through the consolidation of our institution. He truly believes in our mission to transform lives and communities through higher education, and that belief shines through in everything he does,” said Monica Lira Bravo, chair of the board of trustees.
Since joining Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in 2005, Lonon has provided direction and vision for nearly every functional area across the college, always maintaining a keen focus on serving the needs of students, employees and the community. Lonon was instrumental in the consolidation of the former seven DCCCD colleges into Dallas College last year, leading the transition team to implement the comprehensive restructuring.
He most recently served as executive vice chancellor of Dallas College with responsibility for 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. Lonon has previously led Dallas College's educational policy, workforce and economic development, and institutional research divisions. He also served as interim president for Brookhaven College in 2019, overseeing 13,000-plus students.
“After more than 15 years serving this institution, I look forward to leading Dallas College as we focus on taking down barriers to education and opening doors to opportunities for the residents of Dallas County,” said Lonon. “By continuing to work with partners across the city, state and nation, Dallas College can amplify our efforts to create a pipeline of talent for high-demand jobs and fulfill our mission. I am committed to continuing the ongoing work with students, faculty and staff to create a culture of impact, innovation and caring at Dallas College.”