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. However, if you ask Dr. Hellyer about what she is most proud of, she will talk about student success and students completing what they came to San Jacinto College to start.
“Since 2007, we have more than doubled the number of degrees and certificates awarded to our students to more than 5,000 in each of the last three years,” said Dr. Hellyer. “For me, we are here to ensure our students succeed in their higher education pursuits, and move on to further their education or enter the workforce to begin their dream career. I am both honored and humbled to have received this award from the Association of Community College Trustees. It is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the faculty, staff, administration, and trustees at San Jacinto College.”