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HCC Northeast names Michael Edwards as new President

DR. MICHAEL EDWARDS

HOUSTON (May 11, 2022) —Dr. Michael Edwards has been named President of Houston Community College (HCC) Northeast College, pending approval by the Board of Trustees on May 16.

Dr. Edwards, a 25- year employee of the district, had been serving as Interim President of HCC Northeast since December 7, 2021.

In his distinguished career, Dr. Edwards has held positions as Associate Vice Chancellor for Systems Operations, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Government Relations, Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness, Interim President of Coleman College for Health Sciences, Executive Dean for Instruction and Student Services, Dean of Workforce Development, and President of the HCC Faculty Senate.

His numerous awards and recognitions include the National Institute for Organizational and Staff Development (NISOD) Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Certificate in Organizational Innovation from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business, member of the University of Houston at Clear Lake Board of Sociology and Criminology, Quality Texas Foundation examiner for continuous quality improvement, Commendation for Distinguished Service from the HCC Board of Trustees, and graduate from the Future Leaders Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

“Dr. Edwards is the right person at the right time to serve as President of HCC Northeast College,” said Chancellor Cesar Maldonado, “In his significant role as Interim President, he has provided leadership that drives student success and promotes the ongoing development of instructional pathways partly made available through the Northeast College Centers of Excellence.

“Equally important is his demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with local community leaders and business and industry partners, as HCC advances its mission throughout the community at-large.”

Since assuming the Interim President role, Dr. Edwards has maintained strong strategic and operational focus, while notably achieving significant progress on several major initiatives highlighted by work advancing the new Resiliency Center of Excellence and the Resiliency Operations Center (ROC). He continues to provide leadership through multi-divisional team efforts and is reimagining the Acres Homes Campus to bring comprehensive improvement to the North Forest Campus and the overall student experience.

Dr. Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from Rice University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Texas.

“His background in leadership and overall knowledge of our organizational systems are distinct advantages that he brings to this vital role,” Chancellor Maldonado said.