Barbara R. Kavalier, PhD.
Dr. Barbara Kavalier serves as the sixth District President for Navarro College, a comprehensive community college serving five counties in Texas with locations in Corsicana, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Mexia and Fairfield. Dr. Kavalier transitioned to the position at Navarro College after serving as the President of San Jose City College (SJCC). Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJCC is one of two colleges in the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. Prior to her tenure as a president, Dr. Kavalier held vice president positions at Mesa College, one of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, and Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington. As well, she served for approximately 20 years as a senior administrator with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).
Dr. Kavalier has served as a faculty member at the community college and university level. She was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at San Diego State University, and an adjunct faculty for the DCCCD.
As an advocate for student access, retention and success, Dr. Kavalier has provided college-wide leadership to a number of successful initiatives including, the African American/Latino Male Summit, Achieving the Dream, Peer Led Team Learning, SACNAS, and the AmeriCorps Service Learning program. As the Vice President at Mesa College, Dr. Kavalier provided leadership to the design of an 85,000 SF, LEED gold Student Services building, designed to promote learning and engagement through the use of space. The building won the prestigious San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award and the Silicon Valley Structure Award – Project of the Year.
Throughout her professional career, Dr. Kavalier has distinguished herself as a researcher and writer on critical issues in higher education. She is co-author of two books, The Entrepreneurial Community College and The Hiring Game, Reshaping Community College Practices and contributed chapters for Leadership Dialogues and The Entrepreneurial President. She has also published a number of professional articles and has served as keynote speaker at state and national conferences.
Dr. Kavalier was recognized as the first Senior Roueche Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where she was also invited to be a Visiting Scholar. She is an Edmund J. Gleazer Scholar and recipient of the Houston Endowment’s Jesse H. Jones Fellowship. Dr. Kavalier participated in the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute, the California CEO Leadership Institute–Vineyard Symposium, and the Continuous Quality Improvement Network, where she served as a Pacesetter Examiner.
Barbara is a Distinguished Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Her Master of Arts degree is in Business with a specialization in Human Relations and she graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in English. Most importantly, she holds an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from Mountain View College.
The policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Trustees are carried out through Navarro College’s presidents and vice presidents. These administrators are responsible for day-to-day college operations and oversee Navarro College’s five locations.
Dr. Kenneth Martin, President, Ellis County Campuses
Dr. Harold Housley, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Bruce Tabor, Vice President of Operations and Advancement
Mr. Jim Jones, Vice President of Finance & Administration
Mr. Dewayne Gragg, Vice President of Access & Accountability
Ms. Maryann Hailey, Vice President of Student Services
Ms. Marcy Ballew, Associate Vice President of Human Resources