Bruce A. Austin
Bruce A. Austin is a native Houstonian, where he attended Wheatley High School. Elected to the HCC Board of Trustees in 1989, Mr. Austin was chairman from 1990 to 1992 and again from 2000 to 2002. He served as deputy secretary of the Board in 2006.
Mr. Austin proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. During his tenure, he was nominated for the U.S. Navy Sailor-of-the-Year award. He was awarded a Presidential Management Internship. He served in the United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, in the Offices Administrative Counsel, Information Technology, Controller and Personnel (management analyst, staff coordinator, budget analyst, personnel analyst and deputy United States Marshal) and in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Administration (staff assistant,).
Upon his return to Houston in 1984, he served as special assistant to Commissioner El Franco Lee and later as Harris County's director of Housing and Community Development. While serving as director, the agency became the first non-federal organization to receive the Vice President's Hammer Award (1996).
Mr. Austin is a proud alumnus of Texas Southern University where he received a BA in political science, MPA in public administration (specialization in policy analysis and administrative law), and JD – Juris Doctorate. He continued his quest for learning by engaging in further study through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (budget formulation and federal budget processing) and attended the Department of Agriculture Graduate School (negotiation, administration, contracting and systems operations). Post-education studies included The Cambridge Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Community and Economic Development Program).
Since 1986, Mr. Austin has dedicated himself to the art of teaching by serving as an adjunct professor in the graduate schools of the University of Houston – Clear Lake and Texas Southern University. For six years, he served as director at-large, Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), Washington, DC; region director, Southwestern Region ACCT; and a member of the Joint Commission on Federal Relations. He is a poet and artist and is fairly conversational in French, Spanish and Tagalog.
- Past President, Houston Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration
- Recipient, National Performance Review Award from Vice President Al Gore
- Western Region Trustee of the Year, Association of Community College Trustees
- Member, Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration