Nakia Douglas Named UNT Dallas Executive Director of TRIO and Precollegiate

Dallas, Texas (October 23, 2017) – The University of North Texas at Dallas has hired a transformative leader in education to spearhead its vital pre-college initiatives with the selection of Nakia Douglas as Executive Director of TRIO and Precollegiate Programs.

Douglas joins the UNT Dallas executive staff after serving the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) in key leadership roles since 2004. For the last 18 months, he has been the DISD Executive Director of the South Oak Cliff Feeder Pattern and responsible for supporting the principals, faculty and staff at 12 campuses. Douglas is also the founding principal of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA), and has been the principal of a DISD high school, middle school and elementary school during his career.  

“I first became aware of the educational skills and leadership of Nakia Douglas when he led the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy near our campus,” said University of North Texas at Dallas President Bob Mong. “Those first impressions and my admiration have only grown as I have come to know him better. Our school, community, and especially the children of our community benefit greatly from his presence.”

Douglas is a Dallas native and graduate of Lincoln High School. His recent honors include the 2015 DISD Magnet Principal of the Year, 2015 Simmons Young Leaders in Education Award, the 2015 Phi Delta Kappa Trailblazer Award, and a 2016 SMU Luminary Award. He has also been honored as KERA American Graduate Champion and a DISD Exemplary Principal. The BOMLA is a unique, all-male public school that opened in southern Dallas in 2011. Every member of its first graduating class in 2015 attended college, and it now has a waiting list. Douglas traveled throughout the United States and internationally researching best practices on academics and young men transitioning into adult life to design the school’s program.

“Coming to the University of North Texas at Dallas is really special for me, because for the last 14 years, I have been within the same two zip codes – 75216 and 75241 – and been a principal in elementary, to high school, and magnet campuses,” Douglas said. “These students, families, and communities have been part of my progression. My students were saying, ‘Mr. Douglas is going to college.’ That’s how I explained it, too. I carry those expectations and open up doors. I will give them a holistic view of what their futures could entail, and also graduate them into life.”

Douglas has a master’s degree in education from Houston Baptist University and an undergraduate degree in elementary education and teaching from Livingstone College. He served as the principal at A. Maceo Smith High School, Maynard H. Jackson Middle School, and Maynard H. Jackson Vanguard School. At each school, he aligned the district, campus, and community resources while creating a supportive environment for students, faculty, staff, and parents. His wife, Gloria, is a fifth-grade science teacher at Dallas ISD’s Charles Rice Learning Center.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Douglas join UNT Dallas to serve in this leadership role,” said Provost Dr. Betty Stewart. “He brings a wealth of experience that will help move the university’s mission forward.”

The Federal TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I’m a product of TRIO programs,” Douglas said. “The initiative is the foundation for my pursuit of undergraduate and graduate degrees. It set a pathway to see success, and to know what was attainable. This is a natural progression for me, to come to UNT Dallas. It’s natural for me to give back to the next generation in the same way that so much was given to me.”


The University of North Texas at Dallas empowers students, transforms lives and strengthens communities. Perched on a hilltop, overlooking the Downtown Dallas skyline, UNT Dallas is the only public, accredited 4-year university in the City of Dallas. UNT Dallas includes the UNT Dallas College of Law in Downtown Dallas and is part of the UNT System.

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