New president for MCC-Business & Technology campus announced

Dr. Jacqueline Gill will become president of MCC’s Business & Technology campus on Feb. 29, 2016, MCC Chancellor Mark James announced November 20, 2015.

Dr. Jacqueline Gill Washington
Dr. Jacqueline Gill

Dr. Gill is coming to MCC from Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas, where she serves as interim vice president for academic affairs for the Northeast campus and, since 2010, vice president of community and industry education services. She also teaches social work and sociology courses at TCC and at Western Wyoming Community College.

She joined Tarrant County College, a comprehensive community college district with five campuses and more than 100,000 credit and noncredit students, in 1999.

Dr. Gill works with many organizations at the national, state, regional and local levels. Nationally, she collaborates with American Association for Community Colleges and AARP. She participates in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Workforce Education Curriculum Maintenance (WECM) Project as a WECM facilitator. WECM produces the statewide manual of courses in technical and professional training that all Texas community colleges must utilize.

Dr. Gill supports the Tarrant Literacy Project by offering free GED and English as a Second Language classes in the Northeast service area, and she hosts the annual Heart of North Texas Business conference for professionals not only in business but also municipalities, independent school districts and hospitals.

The chancellor said Dr. Gill’s breadth of experience in working with K-12 partners, career centers, CTE-credit and business/industry workforce development training will benefit MCC-BT.

“Her years of experience leading in a large multi-campus district that has tackled some of the same challenges we face at MCC will also serve MCC well,” James said.

“I believe community colleges are the primary vehicle for making higher education available for everyone,” Gill said, “and I see the mission, vision and values of MCC reflecting an institution that is strongly committed to serving in this capacity. I am excited to be joining the MCC family. I am committed to building and sustaining a quality educational environment on the MCC-Business & Technology campus and look forward to the opportunity to lead, promote and enhance this effort.”

Dr. Gill earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Texas A&M University, a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a doctorate in education with a major in supervision, curriculum and instruction in higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

In a message to MCC-BT staff, Chancellor James thanked the Presidential Screening Committee led by Dr. Kirk Nooks, MCC-Longview president, for all the time its members invested in the process. He also thanked everyone at MCC-Business & Technology who took part in the campus sessions for the two finalists and provided their thoughts and input.

The chancellor also extended appreciation to Dr. Dana Grove, the campus’ interim president, who will continue to serve in that capacity until Dr. Gill arrives.