About the Center

Established to prepare leaders and teachers for specific careers in community colleges, the Bill J. Priest Center is unique in the field. Higher Education programs around the country typically include a course or two on community college issues, but few offer a comprehensive education designed specifically to prepare those pursuing careers in community colleges.

The Bill J. Priest Center was made possible by a $1 million gift to the University of North Texas from Mr. Don A. Buchholz, co-founder of Southwest Securities of Dallas, Texas. The endowed chair, named after Mr. Buchholz, is a part of the Bill J. Priest Center and the Program in Higher Education.

Because of the Priest Center, the University of North Texas Program in Higher Education is able to offer a Doctorate in Higher Education with a specialization in Community College Education. Students completing this program are highly marketable for community college positions.

Our Vision, Values and Mission

Vision

The Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education will be an outstanding educational and research resource for community colleges. The Center will be recognized nationally for its contributions to the education of future community college leaders.

Values

The Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education is committed to upholding these values:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Challenge
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Respect for all individuals

Mission

The Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education is dedicated to preparing individuals for exemplary community college leadership in both teaching and administration and assisting those individuals to make significant research contributions to the community college field.

In achieving this mission, the Bill J. Priest Center is dedicated to:

  • Delivering quality instruction
  • Engaging in research activities that expand the knowledge of community colleges
  • Seeking and supporting a diverse environment
  • Encouraging the development of each student