Updated: Feb 5, 2022
Dr. Tom Barnette appointed to fill Chancellor position
December 31, 2021
KATY, TX – Barnham Graduate School and Seminary College announced today that Dr. Loretta
Higgins has accepted the appointment as president of the college. The appointment was offered
to Dr. Higgins on December 18, 2021 by BGSSC Chancellor Tom Barnette after the BGSSC
Board of Trustees meeting. The position was formerly held by Dr. Randall Mooney who passed
away unexpectedly in September of this year.
BGSSC Chancellor Barnette said, “We were deeply saddened by the sudden loss of President
Mooney, and our continued prayers are with his family. The BGSSC Board of Trustees choice
of Dr. Higgins is excellent for this college. Long before her appointment to this position, she
began laying out plans for the future growth of this college. President Higgins’ expertise will
help our students grow into the next generation of leaders. On behalf of the entire Board, my
congratulations to President Higgins.”
President Higgins said, “I am honored and humbled by this appointment. President Mooney was
one of the greatest men I have known, the faculty and students will miss his joy. As I move into
the role of President, I look forward to building our current academic programs and expanding
into new academic program areas. I am excited to see where 2022 takes our college.”
Prior to accepting the current appointment, President Higgins was Dean of Specialized Studies
overseeing the development of continuing education programs at BCGGS. During her career,
President Higgins positioned BGSSC as one of only two colleges in the State of Texas to offer
state recognized Arbitrator Training for the State of Texas Registered Arbitrator Program.
President Higgins holds both a Masters’ Degree and a Ph.D. from Barnham Graduate School and
Seminary College, and B.A.S. from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. President
Higgins’ professional licenses include Certified Public Account, Certified Accepting Agent, and
Texas Registered Arbitrator. She has over twenty-five years of experience in various executive
and academic roles.
President Higgins lives in Katy, Texas with her husband Sean McQueen and their four children.
She is a graduate of Streetsboro High School, and is the daughter of Streetsboro residents Jerry
and Mary Higgins.
About Barnham Seminary and Graduate School
Barnham Graduate School and Seminary College is a private college located in Katy, Texas.
Created in 2012, the mission of BGSSC is to provide high-quality, affordable education to those
wishing to obtain an education in the areas of religious, dispute resolution, or not-for-profit
management. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, BGSSC is known
for its superb teaching, and preparation of students to face the difficult challenges in the current
world. BGSSC self-funds its financial aid and scholarship programs with assistance from