Dr. Melissa N. Gonzalez named President of HCC Southeast College
Mar 5, 2019
Dr. Melissa N. Gonzalez has been named as the next President of HCC Southeast College. She has a proven record of success as a leader in higher education and a history of many accomplishments.
“Dr. Gonzalez shares our bold vision for elevating the Houston Community College (HCC) System to new heights in student success," said Chancellor Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E. Dr. Gonzalez began her official duties as Southeast College President on March 1, 2019.
Dr. Gonzalez has served as the Interim Southeast College President since October 1, 2017. During her tenure, she has led and developed the Level 1 certificate programs campaign, “Take One and Done," established the new Veterans and Military affiliated student center, restructured COE Logistics, developed the engineering program at Fraga Campus, and revitalized industry-led curriculum for both the welding and corrosion programs. Dr. Gonzalez has also served as Chief of Staff for the HCC Chancellor where she organized and prioritized system-wide projects and coordinated activities between college executives and other stakeholders. In addition, she directed administrative and operational functions.
“My commitment has been and will continue to be student and community focused, providing educational opportunities to traditional and non-traditional learners," Dr. Gonzalez said.
Prior to joining HCC, Dr. Gonzalez served as the Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development at Lone Star College where she also held several positions to include Interim Vice President at Greenspoint and Victory Centers, Special Assistant to the President, and Dean of Instruction. Dr. Gonzalez has served as Associate Professor of International Business Management and Assistant Chair for the Management Program at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She brings strong leadership experiences in academic, community, administrative and workforce development that make her an excellent addition to the Southeast College and the HCC System leadership teams. Dr. Gonzalez’s extensive work in education as an administrator and faculty member, her vision, leadership accomplishments and keen focus on students and faculty, make her a perfect fit for HCC.
In addition to her expansive career experience, Dr. Gonzalez has served as a member of many education related associations, including: East End Chamber of Commerce, Near Northwest Management District, Academy of Management, and Business Association for Latin American studies.
She received multiple degrees from University of Texas-Pan American that include a Doctor of Philosophy in International Business and Management, a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Business Administration.