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Dr. Abraham Luis


Dr. Dones is recognized as an equity advocate who spearheads initiatives to enhance access, success, and completion, focusing on student empowerment and upward mobility. As a visionary leader, he embraces innovation, challenges the status quo, and navigates the complexities of being a trailblazer, often as the “First” or the “Only One” in settings. Abe aims to create environments where students can thrive and succeed, embodying a transformative mindset that fosters creativity and innovation for improved systems and experiences in education. 

With over 20 years of experience in higher education, he is a seasoned practitioner dedicated to organizational change and improving student services and support. An equity champion who implements strategies with a focus on social capital and upward mobility. As a creative thinker, problem solver, and motivator, he has extensive experience in enrollment management, employee development, and promoting outstanding customer services and supports. 

Currently, Abe serves as the Vice President and Chief Student Services Officer at Durham Technical Community College. Throughout his career, he has adhered to a “Student’s First” philosophy, using his lived experiences to inform equitable, supportive, and student-focused policies and practices. Viewing life from an equity perspective, Abe infuses creativity and innovation to address the challenges and barriers facing students and institutions. 


Ed.D. Adult and Community College Education | North Carolina State University 

M.S. Higher Education Administration | Drexel University 

B.S. Industrial Engineering | University of Pittsburgh 

Past Experience: 

Assistant Dean/Registrar | Durham Technical Community College 

Academic Advisor/Instructor, College Success | Durham Technical Community College 

Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs | North Carolina State University 

Web/IT Manager | Drexel University 

Bilingual/ESOL Secondary Mathematics Instructor | School District of Philadelphia 

How has education changed your life/your family?  

My unwavering commitment to education is deeply rooted in my mother’s experiences as an adult learner who graduated from a community college. Her journey inspired me to earn my Doctorate, a testament to her influence and my dedication. Witnessing the impact her life had on our community reinforces my passion for education. 

I chose this path to transform the lives of students, their families, and their communities. Knowing my accomplishments were hard-earned brings immense satisfaction. This has led to an amazing career where the sky is the limit. For me, education is a calling that fuels my drive to create lasting, positive change. 

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