Blinn celebrates grand opening of the Walter C. Schwartz Building at RELLIS

The 83,000-square-foot facility will host its first classes Monday

The 83,000-square-foot facility will host its first classes Monday

August 23, 2018

State and community leaders, representatives from The Texas A&M System and various state agencies, and approximately 700 students, faculty, and members of the community joined the Blinn College District in celebrating the grand opening of Blinn’s first building at the RELLIS Campus.

The ceremony included remarks from Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District; Charles Moser, Chair of the Blinn College District Board of Trustees; John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System; Charles W. Schwartz, Chair of The Texas A&M System Board of Regents; Ruth R. Hughs, Texas Workforce Commission Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers; Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst; and Representatives John Raney and Kyle Kacal.

Opening in time for the start of the Fall semester on Monday, the 83,000-square-foot Walter C. Schwartz Building features 19 classrooms and eight laboratories, and will allow students to learn cutting-edge, high-demand skills in an environment that encourages collaboration between public institutions and private companies.

“This facility reflects the ambition of the RELLIS partnership and the incredible legacy of its namesake, former Blinn College President and Chancellor Walter C. Schwartz,” Hensley said. “For generations of Blinn students, the Schwartz Building will serve as a gateway to discovery and innovation.”

Each program at the RELLIS Academic Alliance creates a seamless pathway for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in related fields from an A&M System University, including Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University-International, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Fall 2018 bachelor’s degree offerings at the RELLIS Campus include:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration from A&M Corpus Christi
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Tarleton
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Tarleton
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from TAMUT
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science from WTAMU
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice from TAMIU
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing from PVAMU

Anticipated Fall 2019 offerings at the RELLIS Campus will include:

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Business Management from A&M-Central Texas
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from PVAMU
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M-Kingsville

Blinn will provide the freshman- and sophomore-level coursework that aligns seamlessly with the bachelor’s degrees offered by the A&M System universities.

Blinn’s new facility is named after the late Walter C. Schwartz, who served as Blinn’s 11th president from 1984 until he was named the College District’s first chancellor in 1994. During his 46-year tenure with the College, he helped to oversee Blinn’s growth from approximately 300 to more than 12,000 students.

Schwartz was a graduate of Brenham High School, Blinn College, the University of Texas, and the University of Houston. The former educator held a variety of positions during his 46-year career at Blinn, beginning as a night school teacher for returning veterans in 1948, and including service as the Dean of Students from 1959-1984.

Schwartz also held numerous public offices, including two terms in the Texas House of Representatives, member of the Brenham City Council from 1962-1979 and 1982-1984, and Mayor of the City of Brenham from 1994-2003. An active civic leader, Schwartz volunteered with the Washington County Little League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Way, March of Dimes, Brenham Maifest Association, Bohne Memorial Hospital, Trinity Medical Center, Washington-on-the-Brazos Park Association, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brenham.

For more information regarding the RELLIS Campus, visit www.blinn.edu/RELLIS.


RIBBON CUTTING: The Blinn College District celebrated the grand opening of the Walter C. Schwartz Building at the RELLIS Campus Thursday, August 23. The 83,000-square-foot facility was named after Walter C. Schwartz, former Blinn College President and Chancellor.

SCHWARTZ FAMILY: Dr. Mary Hensley (right), Chancellor of the Blinn College District, presents Ann Schwartz Bishop, Kay Lynn Schwartz, and Charles W. Schwartz, with a framed photo of the Walter C. Schwartz Building. The building was named after their father, Walter C. Schwartz, who served as Blinn’s President and Chancellor.

JOHN SHARP MARY SHARP: Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District, presents Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp with a pair of custom cufflinks engraved with an image of the Walter C. Schwartz Building.

MARY HENSLEY CHRIS MARRS: Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District, presents Blinn’s Executive Dean for the RELLIS Campus, Chris Marrs, with the ceremonial key to the Walter C. Schwartz Building. A 23-year Navy veteran, Marrs was asked to “stand the watch” for the RELLIS Campus.

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