Dr. Gilbert, a native Texan, grew up in the East Texas city of Kilgore where he excelled as a high school athlete in several sports. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to Texas Tech University. Before moving on to Texas Tech, he was selected MVP as the top lineman in the 1964 Texas High School All-Star Game at TCU's Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. It was an historic game in Texas High School All-Star Game annals, setting an all-time attendance record that still stands today.
Dr. Gilbert graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree. At Tech he was named to the Dean's List and was selected as one of the university's top students as a "Tech Salutes" honoree. Dr. Gilbert served as Community Service chairman of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He was also named to the consensus All-SWC team and earned All-American 2nd team honors while at Texas Tech as a wide receiver in football. He was honored by Kilgore High School being selected as a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2011, Dr. Gilbert was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation from U.S. Air Force Officer Training School as a second lieutenant, Dr. Gilbert successfully completed Undergraduate Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Alabama where he earned his pilot's wings. He flew two tours of duty in VietNam while earning the Air Medal. Dr. Gilbert completed his service commitment as an Aircraft Commander of a KC-135 Jet Tanker and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.
Dr. Gilbert's career in education includes six years of public school teaching and 25-plus years of community college teaching and administration. He earned a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University and was selected as the Dean of the Pampa Center for Clarendon College. Dr. Gilbert was the instructional leader for the Pampa Center campus for nine years where he was responsible for all academic, vocational-technical and continuing education programs. He was responsible for all campus operations including scheduling, registration, and admission services. He also found time to teach American History classes for six years.
Dr. Gilbert was then selected as Dean of the Ellis County Center for Navarro College where he served for ten years. He earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University while beginning his instructional administration duties at Navarro College. Dr. Gilbert was in charge of all instructional programs and operations of the Ellis County Center in Waxahachie, Texas. He taught orientation classes within the Psychology Department for ten years at Navarro College.
"I have always enjoyed the challenges of supervising all the various instructional activities and all college operations of an off-campus center in a community college setting," he says. "However, my first love in community college administration has always been in the academic instructional area. Therefore, I am excited to be working directly as an academic instructional leader with my duties as Dean of Arts and Sciences at NCTC. I have been very fortunate to have experienced the many facets of community college administration. I have been blessed to be at places where we had tremendous growth in student enrollments under my leadership. We have even a greater growth potential at NCTC. I am privileged to be part of an outstanding faculty, staff and administration at NCTC."
Dr. Gilbert has been a member of professional organizations including the Texas Community College Teachers Association, TACTE and the Texas Community College Instructional Administrators.
Larry and his wife Kathy, a Registered Dietician with a nationally recognized publishing company, are parents to four children and three grandchildren, Grace, Grant and Gabe Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert is an avid golfer and enjoys music and drama productions including Dallas Summer Musicals, the Dallas Opera, and our NCTC Drama, Dance, Jazz Band, and the NCTC College Singers.