Longtime BC regents honored for years of service

Longtime BC regents honored for years of service

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Brazosport College honored longtime Board of Regent members Jerry Hinojosa and Joe Greer during an appreciation dinner on Monday, October 20.

Hinojosa and Greer, who recently retired from the Board, were the college’s longest-runningRegents, combining for more than 50 years of service.

Hinojosa joined the Board in 1991 and served in a variety of capacities.

“Brazosport College, with its outstanding leadership dedicated toward providing a great learning environment that enables students to meet their scholastic goals, and succeed in life, has grown into a great institution nationally recognized for its academic excellence and its social responsibility,” Hinojosa said. “This college will continue to serve our college district community very well and I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents. The experience for me has been very rewarding and fulfilling.”

Hinojosa also led the Board as chairman for 14 years, from 1998 to 2012.

During his tenure on the Board, Jerry served as a regent, chairman of the Board, and as a director on the BC Foundation Board,” said BC President Dr. Millicent Valek of Hinojosa. “His exceptional leadership in all of these roles has been instrumental in positioning the college to grow and excel in so many ways. Jerry has truly left a legacy at Brazosport College.”

Greer began his tenure on the BC Board in 1985 and served the college for nearly 30 years.

“Joe has represented the community and the college very effectively over the past 29 years,” Valek said of Greer. “As president, I always appreciated his thoughtful responsiveness, steady support and genuine interest in college initiatives and programs. Joe has made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of students through his service.” 

During their years serving on the Board, Brazosport College has seen an abundance of growth and revitalization. College expansion projects, including the Corporate Learning Center, the Clarion and the Bill & Julia May Children’s Center to the more recent Dow Academic Center, BASF Center for Process Technology and the Byron and Sandra Sadler Health Professions/Science Complex were built.

“Serving as a member of the Board of Regents for the past 29 years has been an honor for me,” Greer said. “I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful people who had the skills to transform our community college into one of the finest colleges in the country.

“For me, it has always been about the students and the opportunities we could provide to them,” he added. “The memories that I will cherish most was seeing the smiles on the faces of our graduates. It made it all worthwhile.”

Taking over for Hinojosa and Greer on the Board of Regents are Steven D. Solis and Roland K. Hendricks. Solis was sworn in at the September meeting, while Hendricks officially joined in October.