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Blinn Foundation names new associate director

Phil Shackelford will oversee programs to build upon Blinn’s relationships throughout Brazos County

March 31, 2016

Phil ShackelfordThe Blinn College Foundation has named a former student its new associate director.

Phil Shackelford, a former congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, will oversee programs to build upon Blinn’s relationships throughout Brazos County. He arrives as Blinn prepares to open a second Brazos County campus in time for the Fall 2017 semester, and on the heels of a $10 million renovation of the College’s campus on Villa Maria Road.

That project included a complete renovation of the campus Student Center, the addition of student lounge and meeting space, and traffic and parking improvements.

“I hope to highlight Blinn’s successes here in Brazos County and find partners for building upon that success,” Shackelford said. “With the new Brazos County campus coming online and capital improvements taking place at the current campus, this is an exciting time to be part of the Blinn College team and I look forward to making a positive difference here in the Brazos Valley.”

In addition to his work with Edwards’ office, Shackelford has worked or volunteered with the Rotary Club of Aggieland, the Rotary Club of Bryan, United Way Brazos Valley, the Bryan-College Station Hispanic Forum, the Brazos Valley Food Bank and the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce.

“Phil has the ability to reach out to the Bryan community and share with them all the exciting opportunities our students have,” said Susan Myers, executive director of the Blinn Foundation.

Blinn has hosted classes in Brazos County since 1970, and enrolls more than 13,000 students at its Brazos County campuses. In addition to its primary Bryan campus, Blinn teaches health science courses at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, offers workforce education courses at a variety of Bryan locations and partners with Bryan ISD to offer dual credit courses district-wide and to operate Bryan Collegiate High School. A recent study found that Blinn makes a $345.3 million annual economic impact in its service area, including a $247.4 benefit to the Brazos County economy.

The Blinn Foundation supports programs and activities that enhance the quality of education for Blinn College students and expand the educational opportunities for the entire community. While raising funds is an important function, the Foundation also seeks to heighten community awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.

For more information on the Foundation and its mission, call 979-830-4107 or visit: foundation.blinn.edu.