Dr. Jose E. da Silva is an experienced higher education practitioner with a demonstrated
history of increasing access and student success. Dr. da Silva has worked in four
different state community college systems: Illinois, Washington, Texas, and Florida.
As a first-generation college graduate, Dr. da Silva has a passion for serving underrepresented
student populations. He presently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student
Access and Success at UNT Dallas. In previous roles, he has also served as served
as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Kankakee Community College and Walla Walla
Community College, the Director of the Bowie Campus at North Central Texas College,
as well as Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at the University
of North Texas. He also filled various roles at Tallahassee Community College, including
Director of Judicial Affairs and Director of Student Activities.
Dr. da Silva holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University
of North Texas. He also earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration
with a focus on Student Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida
State University. He is a community college graduate earning an associate’s degree
from Tallahassee Community College in Florida.