New Director of Dental Hygiene Program Joins TNCC’s Historic Triangle Campus


Published: April 8, 2009

Dr. Harold J. Marioneaux, Jr. has been named the Director of the Dental Hygiene Program of Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Historic Triangle campus. Prior to joining TNCC, Dr. Marioneaux served as the President of AP Max, LLC, a company that monitors and tracks students to improve academic and standardized test performance and decrease dropout rates through the use of daily data analysis.

Dr. Marioneaux  served as Dean in the School of Science at Hampton University from 2001-2006.  Under his leadership, he supervised all the research projects conducted in the School of Science which included a $101 million NASA grant.  The grant covered seven years and marks the first time NASA has allowed an HBCU to be the practical investigator on a satellite mission.  He also coordinated school-wide strategic and long-range planning activities for Hampton University. Prior to his role at Hampton University, Dr. Marioneaux was on the faculty of the Dental Hygiene Program at Old Dominion University.  He is also a former director of the Norfolk State University DNIMAS Program, an honors program for math and science students.

“Thomas Nelson Community College is delighted to welcome Dr. Harold Marioneaux, Jr. to launch its Dental Hygiene Program.  He brings to this new and exciting venture an outstanding professional reputation as a practicing dentist, a respected background as an academic leader, and a deep and abiding commitment to helping students achieve their potential.  I am confident he will add value to our faculty and I am equally confident he will contribute substantially to the College and the communities we serve in his new role,” said Dr. Alvin J.  Schexnider, Interim President of Thomas Nelson Community College.

Dr. Harold J. Marioneaux, Jr.  received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Hampton University, Hampton VA; and the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry in Nashville, TN. He served as a dental officer in the United States Navy and practiced general dentistry and orthodontics for several years before beginning his career in education.
The New Dental Hygiene Program is slated to open in 2010 at the new Historic Triangle campus and will occupy 5,000 square feet on the second floor.  The Dental Hygiene Program will complement existing programs at Thomas Nelson Community College and will enable it to further expand Allied Health offerings in a region experiencing significant population growth.

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