Board Officers Elected and Three New Trustees
Begin Terms at College of the Mainland
The College of the Mainland Board of Trustees met on Thursday, electing Kyle Dickson to
continue to serve as chair, Alan Waters to continue as vice chair and Melissa Skipworth to serve
as secretary. All votes were unanimous.
In addition, the three new trustees elected earlier this month began their tenure on the board.
Dr. Verna Henson, Position 1, grew up in La Marque and attended the University of Houston.
She had a 17-year career with Southwestern Bell and AT&T and received a Bachelor of Science
degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master of Arts
degree in sociology. She taught at the University of Houston- Downtown, and later at Southwest
Texas State University. She was awarded a tenure-track position in 1995 and received her
doctorate in sociology in 1997.
Henson became director of the Texas Success Initiative Program in 2002. She retired from
Texas State University in January 2013 and was honored with the Assistant Professor Emerita
Dawn King, Position 4, is a graduate of Dickinson High School and of College of the Mainland.
Prior to working as a realtor in Dickinson, King worked for the City of League City as the
Assistant to the Mayor and City Administrator, and later as the city’s first Public Information
King is a founding member of the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as the
president. She is active with the Dickinson Economic Development Corporation and the city’s
Board of Adjustments and Building Standards Commission, as well as the Dickinson Historical
Society and the 50 Club of Galveston County.
Dr. William (Bill) McGarvey, Position 6, graduated from La Marque High School and attended
College of the Mainland graduating with an Associate of Arts. At the University of Texas at
Austin he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics. At the University of Houston McGarvey
earned a Master of Arts in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer information systems from Nova
McGarvey began his career at American National Insurance Company as a computer
programmer before going to work for International Business Machines (IBM) for more than 20
years. In 1997, he was inducted into IBM’s Golden Circle, an award reserved for the company’s
highest performing employees. In 2003, McGarvey left IBM to start his own business, William
McGarvey Enterprises, which owns and manages residential rental properties.