Dr. Craig T. Follins
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Craig T. Follins is first and foremost an educator whose career spans nearly 20 years.
After completing military service in the U.S. Army, Follins enrolled in New York City Community College and later transferred to Brooklyn College where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. He also holds a M.A. in Clinical Sociology from Texas Southern University and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin where he was named a distinguished graduate in 2012.
Before being selected as President of Northeast Lakeview College, Dr. Follins was President of Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). CCC is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students annually.
He has also served as Executive Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College (OH) and was Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development and Interim Vice President of Arts & Sciences at Victoria College (TX). Additionally, Dr. Follins spent six years at the Houston Community College System as a System Director of Business Development & Outreach Services, Business Liaison and Job Developer.
In addition to his leadership positions, he has experience as a faculty member at more than seven colleges and universities. Follins has taught more than 5,000 students and in 2011, he received the Faculty Leadership Award from the University of Phoenix.
Some of Dr. Follins notable activities include participating on a Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011 as part of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. The committee’s recommendations were reviewed and considered by the Connecticut legislature for application and adoption statewide. In 2012, Dr. Follins was part of a roundtable discussion with U.S. Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, on her national community college tour.
Dr. Follins is married to Millicent and they have four daughters: Monique, Keisha, Nicole, and Chantal. Dr. Follins enjoys traveling, writing, cooking, sports, and entertaining family and friends. Dr. Follins recently completed a book about his extraordinary journey from GED to PHD to College President.