Dr. Michael Gary Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Michael Gary Jr. has thirteen years experience in higher education and most recently served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Services at Texas Southern University. Throughout his career, Dr. Gary has established a reputation as a transformational leader skillful in establishing student program models, procedures, and initiatives within higher education that are focused on furthering standards of excellence. His expertise encompasses all aspects of student affairs divisional programs oversight and expansion as well as streamlining operational systems that effectively enhance student services, campus life, enrollment strategies, and performance.
Dr. Gary has extensive knowledge in student retention and enrollment growth strategy development, diversity and inclusion program implementation, and continuous improvement initiative planning that is centered on creating positive and vivacious campus communities. He has the ability to build consensus amongst stakeholders and administrators as well as meet the diverse needs of student populations and influence positive change.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Gary was educated at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Computer Science and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received a M. Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Gary completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Mercer University. His career aspiration is to become a College or University President. Michael is happily married to Laronda Stevens Gary and together they have a son, Michael “Tripp” Gary III.