Dr. Harold E. Nolte Jr. has been named president of Ellis County campuses for Navarro College. He formerly served as provost.

In his new position, Nolte will be responsible for direction and management of the Midlothian and Waxahachie campuses, including enrollment, admission, counseling, advising and orientation. He also will oversee course development and instruction as well as student retention and recruitment.

During his six-year term as provost, Ellis County campuses have seen dramatic growth in enrollment and expansion of facilities, and the Waxahachie campus is undergoing a $6.3 million renovation that will lead to more course offerings and improved facilities for students.

The college completed construction of a new 25,000-square-foot facility in Midlothian in December 2005. That campus served 647 Navarro College students in 2006, and enrollment at both Ellis County campuses continues to grow.

Nolte holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University and received his doctorate in educational leadership from Mississippi State University in 1985. He completed a postdoctoral leadership certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management in 1996 and also is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Development Program, which is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges located in Washington, D.C. In addition, he is a graduate of the Leadership Development Institute, a program offered by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges and designed to prepare selected individuals for college presidency. He was also named a Fellow of the American Council on Education in 2006.

Previously, Nolte served as dean of student services for Navarro College from 1985-1987 and later was promoted to vice president for student services and athletic director. He served in that capacity until 1991 when he left Navarro College to assume district vice president for student services duties at Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Fla. Nolte later spent four years at Kilgore College, serving as vice president for student development. He returned to Navarro College in 2001 to serve as provost for the Waxahachie campus.

“Dr. Nolte’s proven leadership ability has helped us take the educational growth potential that existed in Ellis County and turn it into a reality,” Navarro College president Dr. Richard M. Sanchez said. “He has great passion for his work, but even more so, he has tremendous passion for seeing students succeed. Dr. Nolte is a quality individual who promotes excellence in all he does. I look forward to witnessing his continued success.”