As construction continues on the multimillion dollar facelift at Blinn College in Bryan, the new district president met with local reporters for the first time this week.

Dr. Mary Hensley says she will also be involved in off campus activities in all four communities where Blinn has a campus.

A lifelong educator, Hensley takes over at Blinn after spending the last 14 years in the Austin community college system, the last six as executive vice president for college operations.

Click below for Dr. Mary Hensley’s visit with WTAW’s Bill Oliver:

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Photo from Blinn College Twitter feed of Dr. Mary Hensley and WTAW's Bill Oliver.

Photo from Blinn College Twitter feed of Dr. Mary Hensley and WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Panoramic view of the remodeling of the Student Center at the Blinn College Bryan campus.

Panoramic view of the remodeling of the Student Center at the Blinn College Bryan campus.

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Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about the next “Coffee with a Cop” event, the next “Tip A Cop” fundraiser for local Special Olympics athletes, registration for the next class of the department’s Spanish Citizens Police Academy, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.

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Thursday was graduation day for the first class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

It’s a joint venture of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation.

60 people from around the country make up the program’s first class. According to the program’s website, “The program design allows participants from a variety of sectors to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, respected presidential scholars, and leading academics, and each other. The sessions are rooted in leadership research and use compelling presidential and business case studies.”

Speakers included Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Click below to listen to comments from Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, from questions asked by Margaret Spellings of the George W. Bush Presidential Center:

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Click below to listen to comments from Mark Cuban and Kevin Sullivan, who worked for President George W. Bush as White House Communications Director from 2006-2009:

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Click HERE to be directed to the Presidential Leadership Scholars website.

Screen shot of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, July 9 2015.

Screen shot of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, July 9 2015.

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College Station City Manager Kelly Templin discussed funding sources for the upcoming budget, debate over whether to place a bond issue on the November ballot, and more during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 8.

Click HERE to read House Bill 1378, which restricts local governments including cities and school districts if voters defeat bond issues starting with the election this November 3rd.

Click below to listen to City Manager Kelly Templin’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed appropriations, preventing the re-authorization of the Ex-Im bank, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs Wednesday, July 8.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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The President of Blinn College’s Brazos county campuses, Sylvia McMullen, visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about ongoing construction at the 29th and Villa Maria campus, gives an update on operations at the new Tejas Center offices, discusses the development of the master plan for the new campus in west Bryan, and reviews future funding from the state legislature.

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Sandy Farris of the Downtown Bryan Association visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about July’s First Friday, a craft beer tasting event later in July, the shuttle bus from downtown to Kyle Field for Texas A&M football games, and an update on the upcoming Texas Reds Festival.

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Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski discussed a feral cat spay and neuter program, a 600-thousand dollar tax refund requested by a local business, upcoming development activity, and more during his regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 1.

Click below to listen to Mayor Jason Bienski visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed his observations after returning from a trip to Iraq to see progress of American troops training Iraq’s military forces, nuclear dealings with Iran, the possible opening of a US embassy in Cuba, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs Wednesday, July 1.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about holiday weekend topics, reminders when children are home alone, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.

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