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Blinn College board votes to extend District President/CEO’s contract

Hensley’s first year includes RELLIS Campus partnership, expanded co-enrollment opportunities for students

June 24, 2016

Dr. Mary Hensley, District President/CEOThe Blinn College Board of Trustees approved a one-year contract extension for Dr. Mary Hensley, District President/CEO, by a vote of 8-0 at its regular board meeting Tuesday.

Hensley’s original three-year contract ran through June 30, 2018, and will now run through June 30, 2019.

In May 2015, Hensley was named the 15th president and first female president in Blinn’s 132-year history.

In a statement from the board, David Sommer, Blinn College board president, said:

The College’s District President and CEO is completing her first year at Blinn College and the Board of Trustees has conducted an evaluation of her performance over the last 12 months.

Dr. Hensley has received a very favorable review. She has exceeded the College’s expectations in numerous ways, including her work with strengthening Blinn’s partnership with Texas A&M at the new RELLIS Campus and her commitment to overall student success and educational values.

Naturally, we will continue to work with her to establish specific goals moving forward – which will include the development of a new strategic plan for the College, and we certainly have a number of building projects that need her attention and leadership.

The Blinn board believes it is in the College’s best interest to provide incentives – as the contract allows – that will motivate Dr. Hensley to remain with Blinn for the long term. The board voted to extend her contract to June 30, 2019 from June 30, 2018 and increase her base pay by 3.5 percent, the same percentage being proposed for the faculty and staff in the proposed budget.

Hensley’s accomplishments during her first year as District President/CEO include:

  • leading Blinn’s partnership with The Texas A&M University System at the RELLIS Campus, making Blinn part of a new educational community that will combine a major university system and a community college at a single physical location.
  • overseeing development of the Kruse Center on the Brenham campus and the development of a new student housing facility on the Brenham campus that will add 453 beds and generate approximately $2.5 million in annual tuition, fees and state reimbursement.
  • refining the College’s division structure to equalize contact hours between divisions, address the workload of department heads and provide operational efficiency.
  • continuing Blinn’s reputation for academic excellence. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 39.5 percent ranks second in the state and far exceeds the state average of 22 percent.
  • ensuring that Blinn remains affordable to students. According to figures compiled by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s, Blinn College students taking 30 credit hours during the 2016-17 academic year will save $3,835, or 44.3 percent, compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.
  • expanding co-enrollment programs for Blinn College students. Blinn enrolled 1,380 TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program students last year, including 63 students in the new Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham, a living and learning community where talented students can pursue their engineering degree while co-enrolled at Texas A&M and Blinn.

In addition to her duties as District President/CEO, Hensley is a graduate of the 2016 Washington County Leadership Program, serves on the Baylor Scott & White Hospital board, is a member of the Literacy Texas coalition and serves on the Brazos Valley Workforce Development Board.