John Britt is a history professor and academic administrator with more than 50 years of industry experience. He taught at Lee College for the majority of his career, joining the faculty in 1964. From 1995 until his departure in 2013, Mr. Britt served the university as director of the honors program.
Mr. Britt laid the groundwork for a distinguished career in academia by earning an Associate of Arts from Lee College in 1957 and a Bachelor of Science in history from Sam Houston State University in 1959. Mr. Britt pursued graduate studies in history and political science at the University of Houston before returning to Sam Houston State University to obtain a Master of Arts in history in 1968. His extensive knowledge in the many areas of history and political science is evident by the multitude of awards he has received. Mr. Britt is the recipient of the 2015 Betty Trap Chapman Award from the Houston History Alliance, a 2013 Exemplary Service Award and a 1999 Leadership Education Award from the Texas State Historical Association, the 1997 Ima Hogg Achievement Award from the University of Texas at Austin, the Ottis Locke Excellence in Teaching Award from the East Texas Historical Association, as well as a 2000 Western Regional Faculty Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.
Mr. Britt has taken on multiple opportunities outside of the classroom to support historical research endeavors. Aside from serving on the member boards for the Texas State Historical Association and Friends of Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center, he has been involved with the National Collegiate Honors Council in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Chambers County Historic Commission in Anahuac, Texas, the Monica Boyd Literacy Foundation in Baytown, Texas, and the Texas House of Representatives.
Although he is retired, Mr. Britt continues to help turn lives around by teaching at the Lee College Offender Education Program, the oldest and largest penitentiary schooling course in the country. He is most proud of being the co-founder of Second Chance at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the largest prison education program in the country.
To learn more about Mr. Britt’s experience with the Lee College Offender Education Program, visit: http://www.lee.edu/publications/files/2012/02/Second-Chance-Feb-2015.pdfJ
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