James Horton, PhD

Member, Academic Affairs Committee

Dr. Horton graduated from the University of North Texas with a doctorate in Higher Education Administration.

Horton has an extensive background in education that includes international experience. He became President of North Lake College (Irving, Texas) in 1982 and Chancellor of San Jacinto College District (Houston TX) in 1996. In 2001, he was offered the position of Vice Chancellor/CEO of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates, where he served until 2005. He returned to the United States to assume the position of President of Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona until his retirement as President Emeritus in June 2011.

Horton's contributions extend beyond his professional career: He was appointed by the Governor to the Arizona State Board of Education and the Governors Lumina Foundation Task Force for Higher Education. He has also served on a number of economic development boards in Houston including the Clear Lake Economic Development Council, the Aerospace Academy and Advisory Council, and the East Harris County Economic Development Council. He was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his work with the Johnson Space Center and the National Aeronautics Space Agency.

In June of 2011, Horton was named Interim Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). During his tenure at BRCC Horton oversaw the development of new academic programs at the college, including the implementation of the college’s aviation program, created in partnership with the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Horton was also responsible for the creation a new Technology Education division at the college, designed to support the industrial and economic development of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Horton served as Interim Chancellor through February of 2012. He continues to work as a Board Governance consultant for the American Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Horton has a home in Prescott, Arizona, and is married to Debbie Horton. They enjoy a blended family of five adult, independent children and four grandchildren.