blinnlogo_provenThe Blinn College Board of Trustees is looking at a portion of a former College Station manufacturing building to create classroom space for the next two to four years.

At Tuesday night’s monthly meeting, trustees directed administrators to conduct a 60 day feasibility study with the owners of the former Westinghouse plant across the freeway from Central Park. Blinn’s President of Brazos County campuses, Dr. Sylvia McMullen, says the decision has not been made whether to purchase or lease 71,000 square feet at the rear of the building. That’s about 40 percent of the 180,000 square feet structure. McMullen says the goal is to start classes in the 2015 fall semester and continue for up to four years. That’s as trustees and administrators continue working on addressing long-term space issues.

Trustees also approved 2014-15 tuition and fees. There is no change in Blinn’s tuition rate. The board approved a general fee increase of $7 dollars per credit hour. It is estimated that will generate an additional $2.8 million for student services, institutional support, and non-academic facility expenses. On the Brenham campus, new student housing fees were approved to generate an additional $179,075. The adjustments vary by residence hall.

Trustees and administrators also heard from several faculty members from Bryan and Brenham. Dr. McMullen says the speakers expressed their opinions about hiring six academic deans to take over administrative duties previously done by 14 division chairs and 20 assistant division chairs. McMullen says faculty members who had part time administrative duties in the past will be taking on additional teaching responsibilities. That transition will be completed by the end of the spring semester. In response to those who spoke at the trustees meeting, McMullen says “we value their input and are listening very carefully to what they are saying.” Trustees approved an academic reorganization plan in November 2012 creating the dean’s positions.

Click below for comments from Sylvia McMullen, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Bravo Brazos Valley visits with Marcelo Bussiki and Mary Koeninger about the upcoming Brazos Valey Symphony Orchestra

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Bravo Brazos Valley features Harold P. Boas, professor of mathematics, and Patricia Goodson,  professor of health and kinesiology and director of POWER (Promoting Outstanding Writing for Excellence in Research) Services in the College of Education and Human Development. They have been named Presidential Professors for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University.

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Bravos Brazos Valley puts a spotlight on the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and the Visual Arts Committee of the MSC, which re-opens Saturday.

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Bravo Brazos Valley’s spotlight is on the Woman’s Club Home and Garden Tour coming up April 11th… with Linda Catalena.

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Bravo Brazos Valley spotlights the upcoming Lemonade Day in BCS.

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The Bryan High School Fine Arts Department presents “The Wizard of Oz” Feb. 3-4-6. Alex Medlock visits on Bravo Brazos Valley:

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Bravo Brazos Valley salutes Marine Fighter Pilot and Viet Nam Vet Art Hickle.

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