Strategic Leadership Team
Mrs. Teri Crawford
Vice Chancellor, Marketing, Public Relations, and Government Affairs
Mrs. Crawford has nearly 15 years experience in marketing/communications management and started her career as a graphic designer, editorial assistant, and photographer. Through her leadership, Mrs. Crawford has implemented branding and advertising campaigns, streamlined marketing operations, initiated the communication plan for the passage of a $295 million bond referendum, and led an effort to redesign the College website. Mrs. Crawford also serves as the college government affairs officer for local, state, and federal relations.
Mrs. Crawford has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and a MBA from Liberty University.
Dr. Allatia Harris
Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives, Workforce Development, Community Relations and Diversity
Dr. Allatia Harris was named president of the North campus in the summer of 2008. Dr. Harris came to San Jacinto College from the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where she served in a variety of roles at several colleges and in the system office. She left the multi-college DCCCD as the district director for academic curriculum initiatives where she was responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, quality management and marketing of the DCCCD core curriculum and academic programs.
Prior to that, Dr. Harris served as the interim vice president of instruction at Eastfield College; district director for faculty development and core curriculum evaluation; and executive dean of arts and sciences, dean of communications, and as a faculty member at Mountain View College. She also has taught as an adjunct faculty member at El Centro College, Richland College, and in the doctoral program at the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Harris holds a doctorate in educational administration with a specialization in community college leadership from the University of Texas. She has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Southern California in communication, and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in speech communication, both from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Brenda Jones
Dr. Brenda Jones is an experienced educational leader having served community colleges for more than 12 years.
Previously serving as program coordinator for the San Jacinto College Central Campus continuing and professional development division, and as an adjunct business professor, she joined the South Campus in 2010 as the dean of business and technology. In 2012, she was named South Campus’ interim vice president for learning, and after a recent College-wide reorganization and national search, was named one of three campus provosts.
Prior to her administrative role at the South Campus, she served as dean of technical and professional education at Galveston College and worked for Lee College Huntsville Division as the division chair for instructors at four Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units.
In 2011 she was nominated by her colleagues and peers to receive the Association of Educational Office Personnel (AEOP) 2011-2012 Boss of the Year Award. In 2012 she was one of 38 college administrators worldwide to receive The Chair Academy Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leader Award, and this year was named one of the 2012-2013 San Jacinto College Excellence Award winners.
Dr. Jones earned her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake; and an associate of art, associate of applied science, and an associate of science from Lee College in Baytown, Texas.
Mr. Kenneth Lynn
Vice Chancellor Fiscal Affairs
Mr. Ken Lynn became vice chancellor for fiscal affairs at San Jacinto College in June of 2007. As the vice chancellor of fiscal affairs, Mr. Lynn serves as a financial advisor to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees, helping to implement all financial policies and procedures.
Mr. Lynn came to San Jacinto College from the Lone Star College system in The Woodlands where he served as the system’s deputy vice chancellor of finance and treasury. While at Lone Star (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College District), Mr. Lynn provided leadership in accounting, financial reporting, external audit, cash management and investments, debt administration, tax administration, student accounts receivable and financial aid. He also served as the primary contact for bond counsel, financial advisors, investment bankers and banking relationships.
Mr. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a certified public accountant and holds a teaching certificate in secondary business administration.
Dr. William Raffetto
Phone 281-458-4050, ext. 7315
Dr. William Raffetto has been in education for more than 40 years, most of those at San Jacinto College. He began at Temple College, where he served as the director of financial aid and the director of guidance for nine years. He joined San Jacinto College in 1984 as dean of student services for the South Campus. Since then, Dr. Raffetto has served in a number of positions including vice president for student services at both the South and Central campuses. Most recently he served as vice president for enrollment services before being appointed to the interim provost position. Prior to beginning his administrative career, he taught high school English at Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas.
Dr. Raffetto is active in professional and civic organizations, and has served as president of the Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers. He was also on the board of directors of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation from 1985-1988. Dr. Raffetto was president of the Southbelt-Ellington Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International.
A native of Ellwood City, Penn., Dr. Raffetto holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Duquesne University. He also holds a Master of Science and doctorate degree in counseling and higher education from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Mr. Rob Stanicic
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Rob Stanicic is the acting chief information officer for San Jacinto College. Mr. Stanicic, who is a senior program director for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., began serving San Jacinto College as an IT consultant in July of 2006. Through his leadership at the College, Mr. Stanicic has improved the technology available for students and staff through many initiatives that include the upgrade of the Colleges IT infrastructure, continual replacement process for computers and hardware, delivery of IT support based on performance based service levels, implementation of emerging technologies such as virtualization, Voice over IP and open source tools, development of classroom technology standards for new and existing buildings and the upgrade of the Colleges website and cloud presence.
Mr. Stanicic has over 15 years of international experience as a management consultant and senior executive for professional services firms including Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. He has worked extensively across the globe delivering enterprisewide business solutions that leverage emerging technologies. His work has included business strategy development, organization transformation and information technology project delivery.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in commerce and information technology from University of Queensland-Australia and Queensland University of Technology-Australia, respectively.
Mr. Stephen Trncak
Vice Chancellor Human Resources
Mr. Stephen Trncak became vice chancellor for human resources in September 2009 with more than 25 years of human resources business partnering experience in the chemical, drilling and natural gas industries. Prior to his appointment as vice chancellor for human resources, Mr. Trncak served San Jacinto College as a human resources consultant, guiding the College in the creation and implementation of an accountability based performance management system, which was implemented throughout the College in the Fall of 2008.
As vice president for human resources at Merisol USA LLC, a position he held for the past 14 years, Mr. Trncak was accountable for the creation and articulation of the company’s human resources strategic plan which aids in aligning and maximizing the human capital assets of the organization in pursuit of the mission, goals, and initiatives of the business. Accomplishment was achieved through the mobilization and transformation of the organization and its human capital assets through the introduction of strategic alignment around the company purpose, values, talent development, culture creation, organizational structure, technology, process designs, performance metrics, accountability, and communications.
Mr. Trncak has also held human resources management positions with Merichem Company, Panhandle Eastern Corporation, and Dixilyn-Field Drilling Company which provided a platform for developing a broad based business acumen. Mr. Trncak holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Van Wigginton
Mr. Van A. Wigginton is one of three San Jacinto College campus provosts. Mr. Wigginton began his career at San Jacinto College as a government professor in 1995. Since that time, he has served as the department chair for the department of social sciences, dean of liberal arts and sciences, and interim provost.
Mr. Wigginton has worked closely with local independent school districts (ISDs) in developing and expanding the College’s dual credit offerings. He also coordinated the GEAR Up Program with Pasadena ISD and is active in supporting numerous ISD partnership programs. He has also taught as a lecturer in political science at the University of Houston.
Mr. Wigginton serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee and on the San Jacinto YMCA Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Leadership Deer Park sponsored by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Wigginton holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Houston. He has also pursued graduate studies in political science at the University of Houston, and earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in government, both from Lamar University.
Dr. Laurel Williamson
Deputy Chancellor and College President
A lifelong learner, Dr. Laurel V. Williamson is an innovative, visionary leader with over 25 years of career experience in education and leadership in a community college setting. She is a respected leader, instructor, and administrator with success in budget management, grant development, strategic planning, accreditation, curriculum and program development, and community outreach. She has substantial background in overseeing programs in professional/ technical, academic, and community and continuing education and in leading staff development and training.
Dr. Williamson has served as academic officer of Valencia Community College in Florida and Lower Columbia College in Washington. She also served as Director of Curriculum Development at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
Dr. Williamson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States. She holds a doctorate in English Literature and has published essays and poetry. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army.