Faculty and Counselor
Dr. Gary G. John has worked full time as a counselor and professor at Richland College since it opened in 1972. Former coordinator of the college’s Career Services Division, he serves as coordinator of the Human Development curriculum, which involves supervising adjunct instructors and developing course offerings. He also teaches career development courses on campus and online. Dr. John earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in counseling and community college education from Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University). He also holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in history and education and a minor in English and a master’s degree in counseling, both from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He was selected Richland’s Outstanding Faculty Member in 1980 and Outstanding Alumnus in 1992 by the Department of Guidance and Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He teaches graduate courses in counseling for Argosy University in Dallas and serves on the advisory board for its graduate program in counseling; he has supervised master’s- and doctoral-level interns from area universities for more than 30 years. He is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and a nationally certified counselor. Dr. John helped start the district’s wellness program and ran his last marathon when he turned 50.