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Blinn trustees name Presidential Search Committee members

Committee’s duties include reviewing applications and presenting recommendations

January 29, 2015

The Blinn College Board of Trustees named 15 faculty, staff, administrators and students to the College’s District Presidential Search Committee during a special meeting today.

The District Presidential Search Committee’s duties include reviewing applications and presenting recommendations on candidates for consideration by the Board of Trustees. The committee is comprised of:

Name Title Campus
Mark Bernier Humanities Professor Brenham
Cathy Boeker Associate VP, Government & Public Affairs District
Douglas Borchardt President, Board of Trustees District
John Castree Social Science Instructor Sealy
Monica Cortez Dean of Engineering Bryan
M. Elia “Smily” Flores Dean of Health Science District
Grady Hendricks Physics Instructor Bryan
Kyle Merten Director of Alumni Relations District
Robert Mikeska Community Leader Brenham
Carolyn Miller Trustee District
Robert Nelson Instructor Computer Information Technology Bryan
Ivan Olson President, Bank and Trust Bryan
John Schaffer President, Division Leadership Council Bryan
Susan Slowey Geography Professor Bryan
Todd Winston Student Bryan

Dr. Harold Nolte announced his retirement in September, and in December Blinn named Dr. Ana M. “Cha” Guzmán interim president.

In other action, the board authorized the College to spend up to $4.5 million on upgrades to the Bryan campus. At its regular January meeting, the board selected Collier Construction to serve as construction manager at risk for the project.
The project includes:

  • Renovation of the campus Administration Building to house a campus president’s office, police department and other functions.
  • Renovation of space in the Bookstore Building into multi-use space, a coffee shop and a student lounge.
  • Upgrades to the Student Center to expand visual and performing arts use, as well as student activity and food service space.
  • Renovation of the existing advising and counseling area in the Science Building for faculty and staff offices.
  • Energy efficiency upgrades such as the replacement of light fixtures and ballasts.

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

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