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Rep. Ana Hernandez reviews the 84th Legislative session


The featured speaker at last Friday’s North Channel Chamber luncheon was State Representative Ana Hernandez, who represents the 143rd District in Texas. Her district covers part of Houston, Channelview, Galena Park, and Jacinto City. She serves on the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, and on the House Committee on Pensions. She is currently serving her fifth full term.

Ana reported that a change of leadership in this session led to a more friendly and cooperative atmosphere, and she thought much was accomplished.
The Legislature approved a $209.4 billion biennial budget, improved funding for roads, and an additional $1.5 billion for local schools, including $130 million for Pre-K programs.

San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Hellyer earns ACCT award

San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer. (Photo by Andrea Vasquez/San Jacinto College)
San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer. (Photo by Andrea Vasquez/San Jacinto College)

PASADENA, Texas – The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has named San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, its Western Region CEO awardee.

“Since she was appointed Chancellor six years ago, Dr. Hellyer has transformed our College and focused employees on the mission of improving student success,” said Mr. Dan Mims, Chairman of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. “As we move students successfully through the education process, and they walk across that stage as college graduates, the community as a whole benefits. Much of that success is due to the transformational leader we have in Dr. Brenda Hellyer.”

Dr. Hellyer began her affiliation with San Jacinto College as a community volunteer. She served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the San Jacinto College Foundation before being named executive director of the Foundation. She went on to become chief financial officer and transitioned into the role of chancellor in May of 2009.

One of her first priorities as chancellor was to work with the Board of Trustees to define the mission, vision, and values of the College. Over the last six years, her leadership has moved the College to an Achieving the Dream Leader College and an institution that has been recognized twice by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation.