Nakia Douglas

Advisory Board Member

Douglas is the executive director of TRIO and Precollegiate Programs at UNT Dallas, a Dallas native and a graduate of Lincoln High School. His recent honors include the 2015 DISD Magnet Principal of the Year, 2015 Simmons Young Leaders in Education Award, the 2015 Phi Delta Kappa Trailblazer Award, and a 2016 SMU Luminary Award. He has also been honored as KERA American Graduate Champion and a DISD Exemplary Principal, and was the founding principal of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA). The BOMLA is a unique, all-male public school that opened in southern Dallas in 2011. Every member of its first graduating class in 2015 attended college, and it now has a waiting list. Douglas traveled throughout the United States and internationally researching best practices on academics and young men transitioning into adult life to design the school’s program.

Douglas has a master’s degree in education from Houston Baptist University and an undergraduate degree in elementary education and teaching from Livingstone College. He served as the principal at A. Maceo Smith High School, Maynard H. Jackson Middle School, and Maynard H. Jackson Vanguard School. At each school, he aligned the district, campus, and community resources while creating a supportive environment for students, faculty, staff, and parents. His wife, Gloria, is a fifth-grade science teacher at Dallas ISD’s Charles Rice Learning Center.