LWTS 2018 Dr. Janet Realini Trailblazer Award Recipient
Dr. Adena Williams Loston serves as the 14th President of St. Philip’s College our nation’s only Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution and one of the largest HBCUs in the nation. Recently recognized by National Geographic as one of the fastest growing HBCUs in the nation, St. Philip’s is a multi-campus institution with three military base sites and four early college high schools. During her tenure, Dr. Loston instituted the Planning Budget and Assessment Cycle, Resource Allocation Process, President’s Academy, Department Chair Academy, Good to Great Strategic Planning Process and three Centers of Excellence; and oversaw construction of $130 million in new facilities and $120 million in renovations.
Before coming to St. Philip’s College, Dr. Loston served as the Director of Education and Special Assistant for Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate for the Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility and Chief Education Officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at its Headquarters in Washington, DC where she directed policy for $1.3 billion. She possesses more than forty years of higher education experience and is committed to the advancement of education.
Dr. Loston was appointed to the President’s Advisory Board for Title III Administrators and appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Education to the HBCU Capital Finance Advisory Committee; she serves as an Advisory Trustee for the Southwest Research Institute and member of the Presidents’ Round Table. Locally she serves on the Boards of Directors for the San Antonio Area Foundation, Masters Leadership Program and Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce.
She is the mother of one son, Gilbert Williams Loston, III who resides in Houston.