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August 30, 2013

New dean plans to expand student programming on Blinn’s Schulenburg, Sealy campuses

Brownlee almost tripled student activities in two years at the College’s Brenham campus

Mordecai BrownleeMordecai Brownlee has almost tripled the student programming on Blinn College’s Brenham campus. Now that he has been named the College’s dean of Student Life, Brownlee is looking to establish many of those same activities on the College’s Schulenburg and Sealy campuses.

Brownlee, formerly Blinn’s director of Student Leadership & Activities (SLA), begins his newly-created position Sept. 1. As dean of Student Life, he will oversee the SLA office, residential life and student discipline, the Brenham campus health clinic, disability services and will play a key role in establishing new student activities in Schulenburg and Sealy. He will also serve as the College’s Title IX coordinator and University Interscholastic League director.

“Mordecai has done a great job with our student programming on the Brenham campus and I look forward to seeing him have the same impact on our Schulenburg and Sealy campuses,” said Dr. Dennis Crowson, vice president for Student Services. “He really gets to know the students and that’s a great quality that will continue to serve him well in his new position.”

In two years as the SLA director in Brenham, Brownlee increased campus programming more than 150 percent and developed the first full week of homecoming programming in the College’s 130-year history. In Fall 2012, he added “Family Weekend” to Blinn’s homecoming festivities, inviting students’ families and members of the community to Blinn’s Brenham campus to enjoy the celebration. Brownlee also established BlinnFest in Spring 2011 as a way to bring Washington County residents, alumni, prospective students and students’ families to campus.

“We’re looking at ways to add value to the overall Blinn experience, and I believe part of that is to establish student activities and look for ways for Blinn College to get involved and become a staple in our communities,” Brownlee said. “Whether we’re hosting events for students or our neighbors, we’re looking at ways to tighten our bond with the community.”

Last Fall, Blinn established a new Student Government Association on its Sealy campus, and Brownlee said one of his first orders of business will be to do the same in Schulenburg. He said new programming on the Schulenburg and Sealy campuses will include everything from community fairs, movie nights and community festivals.

“We’re going to look for any way we can find to have students represent Blinn in the community,” said Brownlee, who earned his master’s in human resource management from Houston Baptist University and is working toward his doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University.

Blinn’s Schulenburg and Sealy campuses offer a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration in Schulenburg, visit: www.blinn.edu/schulenburg or call 979-743-5200. In Sealy, visit: www.blinn.edu/sealy or call 979-627-7997.