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Blinn trustees elect David Sommer new board president

Former president Douglas Borchardt will serve as vice president

oehm-Aschenbeck-Powell

May 19, 2015

The Blinn College Board of Trustees elected David Sommer board president Tuesday night during its regular meeting.
The board also elected outgoing president Douglas Borchardt as vice president and Atwood Kenjura as secretary. Richard Powell, Theodora “Teddy” V. Boehm and Stacy Holle Aschenbeck were each sworn in by 21st District Judge Carson Campbell after Powell and Boehm won re-election and Aschenbeck was elected earlier this month.

Sommer, a Brenham native and Blinn honors graduate, was president of Germania Insurance until his retirement in 2011. He was appointed to the board later that year. He served on the Blinn College Foundation Board and has been board chairman, treasurer and chair of the finance committee. Now retired from the Foundation, he is active in local civic organizations, having been a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Economic Development Foundation.

Borchardt, executive vice president and CFO at Brenham National Bank, has served on the board since 2010. A 1969 Brenham High School graduate, he attended Blinn before transferring to Texas A&M University to earn his finance degree. He is a member of the Washington County Fairgrounds Management Board, a founding director of the Goodfellows of Washington County, a director of the Washington County Healthy Living Association, a founding director and treasurer of the BISD Education Foundation, and a vice chairman of the Mission Endowment Fund of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Kenjura, a 1965 Blinn graduate, is the owner of Kenjura Pharmacy. He has served on the board more than 39 years, including three terms as board president. An active member of the Brenham Rotary Club, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Brenham Booster Club and the Economic Development Foundation, Kenjura was named Washington County’s Man of the Year in 2011.

Board officer positions are elected every two years.

In other action, the board authorized the administration to negotiate professional services agreements with HDR Engineering, Inc. for a traffic impact analysis and with Kirksey Architecture for master planning and subsequent design and construction services for the new Bryan campus located at Leonard Road and F.M. 2818.

In February, Blinn announced the purchase of the 95-acre property for the development of a 10,000 – 15,000 student campus. The new campus, which will complement Blinn’s existing Bryan campus on Villa Maria Road, will allow Blinn to develop additional science, technology, engineering and mathematics offerings and expand its workforce technical research and health-related education programs.

Blinn anticipates breaking ground on the property this year with the goal of hosting classes as early as 2017.

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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