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Dr. Richard D. McCrary

For Immediate Release

Richard D. McCrary, Ed.D., recently retired interim president of Brookhaven College and long-time leader in the Dallas County Community College District, passed away on Jan. 14.

McCrary started his career with the DCCCD in 1972 as a counselor at Mountain View College, and served at six District colleges during his 39 years, including the last four at Brookhaven College. McCrary had a talent for bringing people together and building consensus, a trait that made him invaluable to the district, as he served in a number of interim positions within the district.

McCrary was the associate vice chancellor for educational affairs for academic programs at the District Office when he was asked to serve as interim vice president of learning and student success at Brookhaven College in 2007 while the college was experiencing a transition in leadership. He stayed, taking on additional leadership as executive vice president and chief instructional officer before being named interim president in 2008. He led the college through the selection of a new president this past June.

With a true love of travel, McCrary visited more than 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica. He cruised around the world with a semester-at-sea program a few years ago and even established the Richard D. McCrary International Study-Abroad Scholarship Award to provide financial support for students enrolled in a DCCCD-sponsored travel opportunity. Friends and colleagues may commemorate McCrary’s long-time service by making a contribution to his scholarship.

The Memorial Service for Dr. McCrary to be on Feb. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the Brookhaven College Performance Hall.



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