Nakia Douglas was the Founding Executive Director of TRIO and Pre-Collegiate Programs at UNT – Dallas. In this role, he worked collaboratively with members of the University, School Districts, Business and Local Community to create engaging, nontraditional educational experiences for students throughout the DFW area. Prior to UNT, he served as the Executive Director of the South Oak Cliff Feeder Pattern in Dallas ISD and was the Founding Principal of “The” Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. An educator for 26 years, he has served students and communities from North Carolina, Georgetown, Pflugerville and Dallas as either a teacher or administrator.
In his spare time, he serves the community on various boards and committees. Nakia has received several recognitions for his work in education including the KERA – American Graduate Champion, SMU Luminary Award, Trailblazer Awards, Dallas ISD Magnet Principal of the Year and D CEO Dallas 500 (2021 & 2022).
Nakia graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas ISD. Received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Livingstone College and Master in Instructional Technology from Houston Baptist University. He and his wife, Gloria are both career educators and have two children.