Member Spotlight

Dr. Destry Dokes

Residence: Houston, Texas

Organization: San Jacinto College

Occupation: Executive Director, San Jacinto College - Generation Park Campus

First job: I worked for the Pantry, a small community grocery store located in Roseland, Louisiana.

Philosophy: I am a huge advocate of faith, family, and community as core essentials of what it means to participate in fulfilling and quality focused life. I believe that the essence of our individual journeys is not
to ensure self-preservation by depriving others, but instead to seek opportunities to influence, encourage, and cultivate self-efficacy and community.

Favorite music: Gospel, inspiration, jazz, and country

Favorite TV Show or Movie: TV Show: Law and Order; Movie: Lord of the Rings

Most Recent Book (Favorite book): The Bible and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham

What got me interested in my work: I transitioned into education due to a healthcare career change.
The impetus of my educational interest was inspired by my mother Fannie Dokes, who was an educator who believed in modeling how individuals can help the community by intentionally embracing and encouraging education as a vehicle for success.

Success is... Knowing that my journey is not about how much I accomplish for ME, but instead it’s about giving of myself to inspire others so that as a community we accomplish the greater good.

Pet Peeve: When individuals misuse another individual knowingly or unknowingly and fail to authentically apologize with intentions of not repeating the act.

Favorite Quote: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2 KJV Bible)

Current Project: First, is building the Generation Park master planned campus for San Jacinto College, and second is developing leadership coaching opportunities for individuals and/or organizational leaders who
inspire to develop virtuous leadership characteristics such as performance excellence as a core attribute in their quest for success. Additionally, I am serving as a keynote speaker in the leadership space with the hopes of developing entrepreneurial mindsets, and also serving as a volunteer on various boards and committee organizations in hope of modeling compassion and inspiring self-efficacy.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? Personally, entrepreneurship is about developing a keen spirit that enables me to apply a solution-based mindset to address challenges and gaps to improve overall processes. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I have come to embrace continuous improvement as a core entrepreneurial characteristic. NACCE has helped me gain access to ‘educational thinkers’ who have improvement mindsets and therefore believe in exploring capacity opportunities to advance student access to a lean and achievement-driven educational journey.