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College of the Mainland
News Release
Friday, May 19, 2017

Bronze Star veteran new COM HR director

After a nationwide search, College of the Mainland has named Michael McGee new executive director of human resources.

McGee has more than 20 years experience as a human resources officer with Houston ISD, Englewood ISD in San Antonio, and the U.S. Army.

“Michael has 20 years of experience with the U.S. Army, which include various human resource functions. I believe the search committee made an excellent choice,” said Dr. Warren Nichols, COM president.

McGee joined the military after high school and took classes toward his associate degree while deployed in Iraq from degreed military personnel.

“My military service provided me with accountability and a sense of the value of education. One of the best things about the military is we have education centers everywhere,” said McGee.

Retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army, McGee spent six years overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for Exceptional Leadership during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. 

“I believe in education because you can see a change. When you see students who are successful, it make you feel part of their success,” said McGee.

A community college graduate, McGee understands how community colleges help students of all backgrounds to reach their goals. After earning an associate degree, McGee earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master in Business Administration from Trident University in Cypress, California.

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Celebrating 50 years of student success, College of the Mainland offers a variety of fully accredited associate degrees and certifications. Summer registration is now open. The college prepares students to meet their goals, whether transferring to a university or entering the workforce. An Achieving the Dream Leader College, COM has an excellent professor-to-student ratio that allows instructors to connect with each class. We’re the launch pad for success throughout the Mainland. For more, visit

PHOTO CUTLINE: College of the Mainland has named U.S. Army veteran Michael McGee, new executive director of human resources.

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