Robert DeHaas



Vice Provost, School of Education

Dallas College


An educator at heart, Rob has served in multiple roles in the k-12, education non-profit and higher education space – including teacher, school leader, non-profit leader, and higher education Founding Dean.

Rob currently serves as the inaugural Vice Provost for the Dallas College School of Education. In this role Rob leads the Dallas College School of Education – which launched in 2020 and created the first four-year bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education and teaching in the state of Texas.

In his role as a higher education leader Rob thinks a lot about educational access. As a product of high-quality K-12 public schools himself, Rob believes that zip code alone should not determine whether a student has access to high quality educational opportunities. Providing access to historical ‘non-consumers’ of higher education is a core focus of his work at Dallas College – going as far to say that “we have an obligation as an institution of higher education to break down systematic barriers that have historically prevented too many individuals from accessing higher education.”

Under Rob’s leadership, enrollment growth in the School of Education has exceeded 85 percent since 2020. The School of Education has also identified over $25 million in new public and private funding since its launch to support innovative initiatives.

Now serving about 5,700 unique undergraduate students, the Dallas College School of Education is one of the largest undergraduate education schools in the state of Texas. As the result of its early successes, the Dallas College School of Education was named the winner of the 2022-2023 Innovation of the Year Award by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Rob serves on several local, state, and national boards. These include: the NAEYC Higher Education Leadership Advisory Council, the Dallas County Blue Ribbon Child Care Commission, the PNC Bank Foundation Grow Up Great National Advisory Board, the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) Advisory Council, the Region 10 Head Start and Early Head Start Advisory Council, the Early Matters Dallas Advisory Board, the Texans Care for Children Leadership Council for School Readiness, and the Texas Teacher Preparation Regulatory Committee. Rob is on the board of managers for the Moorland Family YMCA at Oak Cliff, an alumnus of Deans for Impact, Leadership ISD and the Dallas Mayor’s Star Council.

Rob received his bachelor’s degree (BA) from Duke University and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (MEd) from DePaul University’s College of Education in Chicago, IL. He also received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance and Strategy & Entrepreneurship from the Edwin Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Rob earned his doctorate in Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Rob is an avid runner and sports fan. He lives in North Oak Cliff with his wife, 2 daughters, and rescue dog.

1708 2560 Natalie Van Maerssen
Privacy Preferences

When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in the form of cookies. Here you can change your Privacy preferences. It is worth noting that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we are able to offer.

Our website uses cookies, mainly from 3rd party services. Define your Privacy Preferences and/or agree to our use of cookies.