Blinn College named Dr. Mary Hensley the 15th president in College history in May 2015, and was named Chancellor of Blinn College in 2017.
Prior to her arrival, Hensley served the Austin Community College District for 14 years, including six and a half as Executive Vice President for College Operations. In that role, her responsibilities included oversight of 11 campuses, six off-campus centers and the district police department.
With experience in both K-12 and higher education, Hensley has served as a teacher, counselor, middle school principal, high school principal, director of secondary education, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent in the Ysleta, Socorro and Round Rock school districts. At Austin Community College and McLennan College, she served as Coordinator for Resource and Grant Development; Associate Vice President, Instructional Support Services; Vice President, College Support Systems and ISD Relations; and Executive Vice President, College Operations.
In addition to her service on numerous boards and committees in support of community colleges and their mission, Hensley received the 2006 Career and Technology Association of Texas Appreciation Award and was appointed to the Austin Literacy Coalition of Central Texas Executive Board. She has served as the primary academic contact and liaison to the Texas Education Agency, Region XIII Education Services Center, fellow school districts and postsecondary institutions. Hensley has strongly supported college readiness projects, dual/concurrent enrollment and minority enrollment and assessment. Her management of the Early College Start, College Connection, and Learning Communities programs has allowed her to build strong relationships with first-generation college students.
Hensley holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Doctor of Education from Baylor University. She also holds elementary, professional counseling, supervisor, mid-management and superintendent certificates.
Hensley represents the Central Texas Region as a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges Executive Committee. She is a graduate of the Washington County Leadership Program, a member of the Literacy Texas coalition, and serves on the Board of Directors for Baylor Scott & White Hospital board, Brazos Valley Food Bank, and Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley.