Adolfo Santos

Adolfo Santos

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Houston native with a background in Hispanic politics and education has been hired as a new dean at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Adolfo Santos was announced on Tuesday as the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts. He places Lois C. Richardson, who is serving as acting senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost. Santos previously served as special assistant to the president and chief liaison officer at the University of Houston, where he was also chair of the Department of Social Sciences.

“Dr. Santos not only has broad experiences in all aspects of higher education, but his background has prepared him well for GGC’s focus on student success,” Richardson said in a press release. “We look forward to his leadership in continuing the growth of the School of Liberal Arts.”

Santos earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Houston in 1998. He began teaching at the university shortly after graduating. Santos’ areas of instruction include American government, Texas politics, U.S. Congress and American legislatures, minority politics, Hispanic politics, campaign politics, public policy analysis, public administration and research methods.

“I am thrilled to be the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts,” Santos said in the release. “GGC’s open access mission, combined with its success in retaining and graduating students, makes it a wonderful team of which to be a part. The GGC faculty and the School of Liberal Arts are committed to the success of our students, and their mentoring and teaching are a perfect reflection of that commitment.”

Also at UH, Santos also worked at university’s Center for Public Policy and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

His other experience includes a year being mentored by California State University-Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison and Provost Kathy Cruz-Uribe as part of an American Council on Education Fellowship. Santos said he gained more experience about financial and business administration, academic affairs, advancement, student affairs and community engagement aspects of higher education.

Also in Houston, Santos was a member of Mayor Annise Parker’s Hispanic Advisory Committee and a board member of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the boards of Children at Risk and the Education Foundation of Harris County.