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Blinn receives another clean audit report

Annual audit was conducted independently by Lott, Vernon & Company

January 19, 2016

The Blinn College Board of Trustees was presented with a clean audit from Lott, Vernon & Company, P.C. during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Brenham.

The audit was conducted by Lott, Vernon & Company, P.C. according to accepted auditing standards and government auditing standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, and includes a comprehensive report of all funds and accounts of the College District for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years.

Blinn undergoes an independent audit each year in accordance with College policy and has received clean opinions since at least 1989.

“We are pleased to receive independent reaffirmation of our accounting practices,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, district president/CEO.

Each year, Blinn shares the findings of its independent audit with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Legislative Budget Board, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Comptroller of Public Accounts, State Auditor, Governor’s Budget & Planning Office, Texas House Appropriations Committee, Texas Senate Finance Committee, Texas Legislative Reference Library and the Federal Audit Clearinghouse.

A copy of the audit will become part of the board’s official minutes and be available to the public.

The board also approved plans for a new campus scheduled to open in Bryan in 2017. Comprehensive plans for the new campus were originally viewed at the board’s Dec. 15 meeting, and call for the development of 95 acres located at 851 N. Harvey Mitchell Parkway. Blinn plans for the site to host 15,000 students as a complement to its campus located on Villa Maria Road.

The additional campus will allow Blinn to develop additional science, technology, engineering and mathematics offerings and expand its workforce, technical, research and health-related education programs.

Developed in partnership with Kirksey Architecture, the plan calls for the development of seven academic buildings, three student resource buildings and 5,423 parking spaces.

Phase 1 of the project, to be completed in Fall 2017 and serve approximately 2,500 students, includes an academic building, a student resource building and approximately 1,000 parking spaces. The four-story academic building would include 18 classrooms and eight laboratories, while the student resource center would include a library, study and leisure space, campus police and other student services.

Blinn announced record enrollment of 19,422 students last Fall, and has experienced 38.3 percent enrollment growth since 2006. Previous master planning efforts indicate that Blinn’s growth will continue due to the College’s strong academic reputation and its partnerships with Texas A&M, Baylor, Sam Houston State and Texas State universities, and the universities of Texas and Houston. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 42.9 percent is the highest in the state.

For more information regarding Blinn’s new Bryan campus, visit: www.blinn.edu/expansion.