Black History Committee Chair (Bio)


For the first time in 10 years, the HCC Black History Committee is under new leadership.

Michael Edwards, J.D., Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness for HCC, was elected chair of the Black History Committee at its December 2016 meeting.

Edwards succeeds Dr. William W. Harmon, the former president of HCC Central, who retired from HCC after 11 years with the college and more than four decades of leadership in higher education. For 10 of those HCC years Dr. Harmon chaired the BHC. It was during his tenure that the annual BHC Scholarship Gala saw exponential increases in noteworthy keynote speakers and citywide prestige.

“Dr. Harmon leaves extremely big shoes to fill, and the entire committee is indebted to him for his consistent leadership and service,” says Edwards. “My intent is to carry on the excellence and traditions he so capably established.”

Edwards, who holds degrees from Rice University and the University of Texas, has a 20-year career at HCC. He has served in a variety of capacities with the college, including Acting President of Coleman College, Executive Dean, Dean of Workforce Development, Special Assistant to the Chancellor under Dr. Bruce Leslie, Interim Assistant Dean for Student Services, President of the Faculty Senate, and Associate Chair of Criminal Justice.

Edwards received national recognition upon graduating from the Future Leaders Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges in 2006, and subsequent selection as a Fellow for the American Council on Education in 2008, which he deferred receipt of his fellowship to continue his assignment as Executive Dean.

While serving as an executive dean, Edwards was honored as a finalist for Carl M. Nelson Administrative Leadership Award from the Texas Association of Community Colleges in 2011.

Edwards has served on/or chaired numerous college committees, including the College Leadership Program Advisory Council, the Executive Council for Teaching and Learning Resources, the Employee Growth and Development Council, the Transformation Team, the Institutional Effectiveness Council, and the Credit for Prior Learning Task Force.

In addition to receiving a Shooting Star Award in 2013 from staff and faculty at Coleman College, Edwards received recognition as a graduate of the Leadership Excellence Institute (LEI) in 2010. Certificates for Distinguished Service and a Commendation for Exemplary Service from the HCC District Board of Trustees in 2005 are among his many honors.

His numerous teaching awards include the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and Outstanding Faculty in 2000.

Edwards will oversee his first scholarship gala featuring the Honorable Teta V. Banks, national chair of the United Nations Association.