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Dallas 500 Honoree and Executive Director of Trio Programs at UNT Dallas Nakia Douglas

Douglas has a wide range of education experience and involvement in programs servicing “non-traditional” students, their families, and their communities.
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Nakia Douglas’ education experience ranges from Teacher (Kinder, 1st, and 4th) to K – 12 Administrator (Elementary, Middle, Magnet, High School and Central Office) through the collegiate level. His efforts include several senior administrative positions in which he has developed and/or oversaw programs servicing “non-traditional” students, their families, and their communities.

Currently, Douglas serves as the Executive Director of TRIO and Pre-Collegiate Programs at the University of North Texas at Dallas. In this position, he is responsible for the development of Upward Bound, McNair Scholars, and Pre-Collegiate Program Partnerships to increase higher education opportunities and completion rates of first-generation and/or non-traditional college students.

Prior to assuming this position, Douglas served as Executive Director of the South Oak Cliff Feeder Pattern in Dallas ISD, where he supported 12 campuses and 6,800 students.

In June 2010, Douglas was charged with serving as the founding Principal of The Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at B.F. Darrell. The campus would redefine society’s views and expectations of minority young men through its mission statement: “Develop young men into impactful leaders through the development of their intellectual, moral, physical, social and emotional skills for the global society of tomorrow.” The all-male magnet campus focuses on leadership development with accelerated math and science courses. The campus’ efforts have been recognized at the local, state, national and international levels—for academic performance, innovative instructional practices, and campus culture, including being a recipient of the U.S. National Blue Ribbon School Award.

Beyond his work in education, Douglas serves the community through his board involvement with DHA Opportunity Rising Foundation, Friends of BOMLA, and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Additionally, he has been recognized for his educational work as a D CEO – Dallas 500, KERA – American Graduate Champion, SMU Simmons Luminary, and many other prestigious awards. During his time in Dallas ISD, he was recognized as an Exemplary Principal and Magnet Principal of the Year.

A native son of Dallas, Mr. Douglas graduated from Lincoln High School. He completed degrees in North Carolina and in Texas. He and his wife, Gloria, met while teaching in Dallas ISD and have two children.

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