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Garry Tomerlin, EdD, is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Community and Technical Colleges in the Division of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. His primary responsibility is the oversight and administration of state and federal programs that encourage the education, training and development of the Texas workforce through career and technical training, oversight of vocational and technical grant programs, and serves as a liaison on state, community and technical college issues.  Dr. Tomerlin also serves as liaison to the Board Task Force on Community and Technical Colleges.

Dr. Tomerlin's staff manages and administers the Carl D. Perkins Program, oversight of the Workforce Education Course Manual, the Academic Course Guide Manual and the Texas Common Course Numbering System, development and revision of division policies and procedures, and serves as the division lead for dual credit and early college high school initiatives. Dr. Tomerlin and his staff are responsible for evaluating divisional reports on statewide higher education policy issues related to community, state, and technical colleges and work with other divisions and institutions of higher education to achieve the Board's higher education plan, "Closing the Gaps".  

Prior to joining the staff of the Coordinating Board in 2013, Dr. Tomerlin was Dean of Instruction, Career and Technical Education at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas.  Before joining Hill College he was employed at Tarrant County College (TCC). He began his career with TCC as an Adjunct instructor in 1997. During his tenure at TCC he served as Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Chair of the Technology Department, Assistant Director of Curriculum, and Director of Academic Analysis. Dr. Tomerlin functioned as project director of numerous Perkins State Leadership projects focusing on Career Clusters and Programs of Study.  He served as a member of the WECM Leadership Committee and a member of the Texas Association of College Technical Educators Board.

Dr. Tomerlin holds a EdD in education leadership and policy studies from Tarleton State University.  He completed his bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in business administration from Dallas Baptist University. He is married to Catherine Bottrell-Tomerlin. He has two sons, Carey and Collin.


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